President calls on UN to ensure non-interference in domestic affairs

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today called on the United Nations to ensure non-interference in the domestic affairs of any country.

Speaking during the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations at the UN General Assembly, via a video link, Rajapaksa said that the partnerships fostered between Member States and the UN continues at their best when no country is held hostage to the interests of a few.

“At a time when the world is facing a common and an unrivalled threat, the United Nations We Need, I am certain, will place due emphasis on the sovereign equality of States, respect for territorial integrity and non-interference in their domestic affairs,” he said.

He also said that Sri Lanka is pleased to have contributed significantly to United Nation’s agenda, ranging from peacekeeping operations to programmes of its specialized agencies. (Colombo Gazette)

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Mr. President,

Mr. Secretary-General,

Excellencies,

Ayubowan !

Your Excellency Volkan Bozkir, I congratulate you on being elected as the President of the 75th Session of the General Assembly.

I am deeply honoured to represent the people of Sri Lanka on this historic occasion.

Unfortunately, the world is not what the founders of this august body envisaged 75 years ago.

The world is plagued by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, which has jeopardized our economies, health systems and indeed our societies, just within a few months.

Sri Lanka was able to successfully face the challenge of COVID-19 through a proactive intervention. We established the National Action Committee for Preventing COVID-19 even before the first patient was detected in Sri Lanka. Our approach synchronized the military, health as well as civilian authorities of national and regional levels.

Sri Lanka’s recovery rate stands at over 90% well above the global recovery rate.  Our success story owes much to our reliance upon ‘tracing and quarantine’, which was our greatest strength.

Sri Lanka has not reported a single case arising within the local society for over a month now.

Excellencies,

Sri Lanka has committed to the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development. Poverty alleviation through an agri-based production economy is a major goal of my Government.

The steps that we had initiated earlier this year for enhancing local production, partial restrictions on imports as well as assisting small and medium scale entrepreneurs paid their dividend.

As we celebrate 65 years of UN membership this year, Sri Lanka is pleased to have contributed significantly to United Nation’s agenda, ranging from peacekeeping operations to programmes of its specialized agencies.

At a time when the world is facing a common and an unrivalled threat, the “United Nations We Need”, I am certain, will place due emphasis on the sovereign equality of States, respect for territorial integrity and non-interference in their domestic affairs.

Excellencies,

I firmly believe that partnerships fostered between Member States and the UN continues at their best when no country is held hostage to the interests of a few.

Sri Lanka is hopeful that we of the United Nations would rededicate ourselves in efforts to strengthen this great institution to ensure the future we want. We owe our peoples and future generations no less.

Thank you.

6 COMMENTS

  1. UN is an organization with multilateral objectives, and SriLanka is still a UN member state.
    For our president to demand that UN stay out of ‘domestic issues’ is a total joke and foolishness when those domestic issues of concern to the UN are impunity for crimes of the state (I.e. perpetrators thereof) and the current government’s anti-democratic/ oppressive trend.
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    It is sheer madness for a leader of a democratic country which is a UN member state to right out demand that the UN to stay out of ‘domestic issues’ or even to ask any other nation interested in the welfare of human beings on this planet and their rights.
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    Certainly, this president wants to safeguard the impunity he has been granted by the majoritarian votes; it’s that overwhelming lack of desire for justice and human rights in this country that empowers this president to make such a preposterous demand.
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    But SriLanka will still go around with it’s begging bowls to the same nations that make up the powers that be in the UN. Of course, China, a beacon of human rights and justice, eagerly wants to fill our begging bowls, irrespective of anything.
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    • How do the President and people know thiat you are not a foreign propaganda machine? I really hope that the President and Prime Minister will continue to ignore barking dogs as they did in May 2009.

  2. What is he scared off?
    What is he trying to hide from the people?

    If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about.

    • What the UN has done when Prabhakaran walked away from the Indo-Lanka agreement and killed thousands of IPKF?
      What the UN has done when Prabhakaran walked away from the peace accord in 2003?
      What the UN has done when the LTTE was assassinating talented Tamil and Sinhalease leaders?
      What the UN has done when the LTTE kicked out all the Muslims from Jaffna?

      Stop fooling yourselves by being foreign puppets. I urge to think for yourselves or you will continue to go backward. Today, TNA has only ten seats in the Parliament, it will end up with nothing if you don’t stop your ignorance. We will dismantle the TNA as we did the LTTE.

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