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SL to complain to Basel Convention over agro-waste imported from Ukraine

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Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the Ministry Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe to lodge a complaint with the Basel Convention Office regarding 28 containers containing agro-waste imported by an Ukrainian company under the pretext of importing coriander into the country.

The Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, usually known as the Basel Convention, is an international treaty that was designed to reduce the movements of hazardous waste between nations, and specifically to prevent transfer of hazardous waste from developed to less developed countries (LDCs).

According to the Basel Convention, the export of agricultural waste from one country to another is strictly prohibited. Sri Lanka is also a signatory to the Basel Convention.

Minister Amaraweera said that the containers were imported under the pretext of importing coriander and that the relevant authorities should pay close attention to whether the Ukrainian company has committed any fraud in this regard.

It is a matter to be investigated and resolved whether these containers containing agricultural waste were deliberately imported into the country by the private sector or they have been deceived.

The Minister has informed the Central Environmental Authority to ascertain whether the statement made by the private sector that they have been deceived is a ploy to hoodwink the local authorities.

However, agricultural waste can enter the country's ecosystem in a variety of hazardous conditions.”Therefore, all these containers will be re-exported to the relevant company in Ukraine and a complaint will be lodged with the Basel Convention Office in this regard”, Dr. Anil Jasinghe informed the Minister.

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  • navaratna willamune Friday, 25 December 2020 03:34 PM

    there could be contamination from radioactivity,remember Chenobil nuclear disaster,if this stuff originates somewhere close to this area it could be contaminated,why could some one want to get rid of this stuff

    A recycled bottle Friday, 25 December 2020 03:35 PM

    Third world countries need to get tough on first-world countries dumping their "waste" on them via unscrupulous methods. Send the waste back to Ukraine right now!

    Historian Friday, 25 December 2020 03:41 PM

    Even a poor East European country like Ukraine has no respect for non-white countries. How many Ukrainians are Buddhists or Hindus, none. But how many Sri Lankans are Christians,substantial. Then how do you expect them to respect you.

    BigEars Friday, 25 December 2020 04:08 PM

    Who got this cargo down to Sri Lanka? Please expose.

    Jon Friday, 25 December 2020 04:48 PM

    There is something weird going on with Ukraine. The second wave was started by a Ukrainian. This consignment is also from Ukraine. Is this loaded with some other bio hazard?

    VJ Friday, 25 December 2020 07:50 PM

    Don’t we have a subject matter expert on Ukraine who recently returned to the country? He might be able to throw some light?

    brainmaster Saturday, 26 December 2020 04:24 PM

    must be Udayanga behind it


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