Kohona says Sri Lanka advocates negotiations

Sri Lanka says it advocates negotiations, mediation and other peaceful means to settle internal and global disputes

The Sri Lankan Permanent Representative to the UN in New York Dr. Palith Kohona, said that Countries must be allowed to create their own local mechanisms to consolidate peace, encourage reconciliation and strengthen democratic institutions.

He was speaking during a full day debate at the UN on the Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Kohona said that the rule of law must be understood in the context of individual rights, as well as in ensuring the progress of individuals and societies, particularly with the right to development.

“The United Nations could play a crucial, helpful role in domestic compliance with treaty obligations by helping States build capacity. Close cooperation in applying laws nationally, regionally and internationally was vital to address the growing problem of transnational organized crime and terrorism, which threatened global peace and good order.” he said.

Confronting those challenges, Kohona said required close cooperation and capacity-building nationally and regionally, including enforcement by the law.

“Unilateral and selective application of international law rules must be avoided. Sri Lanka had always advocated the settlement of internal and global dispute through negotiation, mediation and other peaceful means. Countries must be allowed to create their own local mechanisms to consolidate peace, encourage reconciliation and strengthen democratic institutions. They must have the much-needed space to begin that restorative process. In such situations, the Organization could address the gaps, taking into account local sensitivities,” he said.