Sri Lanka says interference violates UN charter

Sri Lanka says the recent tendency to selectively and arbitrarily intervene in the internal affairs of states flies in the face of the UN Charter and dilutes the confidence so carefully nurtured in the UN system.

External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris told the UN General Assembly today that Sri Lanka believes that in the settlement of international disputes, action must be based on the fundamental principle of sovereign equality of states, a principle firmly enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.

He also said that Sri Lanka, a founding member of the NAM, firmly upholds the tenets of peaceful co-existence, mutual respect for each’ others’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, and equality and mutual benefit.

He said that in Sri Lanka, following the end of the war, no one has greater commitment to reconciliation in an all-inclusive spirit than the government.

However he noted that unhelpful external pressures that support narrow partisan interests could easily derail the initiatives which have produced substantial results and peace on the ground, as Sri Lanka begins a new and exciting chapter in the country’s history.