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President Rajapaksa calls for the de-politicisation of the UN system

Charging that human rights are being used as a tool to implement motivated agendas with no understanding or appreciation of the complexity of issues in the countries concerned, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made an appeal for the de-politicisation of the UN system. Read More President Rajapaksa made this call when he addressed the 69th United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday 24th September 2014, this is the seventh occasion that the President has addressed the General Assembly.
Speaking on the theme Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post -2015 Development Agenda, the President noted that while much progress had been achieved towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, multiple challenges remained to be addressed. The President highlighted that countries should focus on eradication of extreme poverty and commit to sustainable development, as they focused on the new post 2015 development agenda.
President Rajapaksa also highlighted the important role the United Nations has played to improve standards of living, eradicate disease, educate children and in peacekeeping; but for the UN to gain the confidence of the world community, it must apply consistent standards, without selectivity or discrimination. He drew attention to the manner in which post-conflict Sri Lanka had become an unfortunate victim of ill-conceived agendas of some, disregarding significant achievements in the past 5 years. The President, drew inspiration from the words of the Buddha who said that the purpose of all human endeavour must be to construct order out of chaos and harmony out of strife and stated that the Government remained committed to its objective of pursuing the processes of reconciliation, and nation building, undeterred by ill-motivated criticism.
The full statement of the President follows below:-
Ministry of External Affairs Colombo
26th September 2014

 

Charging that human rights are being used as a tool to implement motivated agendas with no understanding or appreciation of the complexity of issues in the countries concerned, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made an appeal for the de-politicisation of the UN system. Read More President Rajapaksa made this call when he addressed the 69th United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday 24th September 2014, this is the seventh occasion that the President has addressed the General Assembly.Speaking on the theme Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post -2015 Development Agenda, the President noted that while much progress had been achieved towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, multiple challenges remained to be addressed. The President highlighted that countries should focus on eradication of extreme poverty and commit to sustainable development, as they focused on the new post 2015 development agenda.

President Rajapaksa also highlighted the important role the United Nations has played to improve standards of living, eradicate disease, educate children and in peacekeeping; but for the UN to gain the confidence of the world community, it must apply consistent standards, without selectivity or discrimination. He drew attention to the manner in which post-conflict Sri Lanka had become an unfortunate victim of ill-conceived agendas of some, disregarding significant achievements in the past 5 years. The President, drew inspiration from the words of the Buddha who said that the purpose of all human endeavour must be to construct order out of chaos and harmony out of strife and stated that the Government remained committed to its objective of pursuing the processes of reconciliation, and nation building, undeterred by ill-motivated criticism.

The full statement of the President follows below:-
Ministry of External Affairs Colombo
26th September 2014

 

 

Dangers posed by climate change must be addressed collectively – President Rajapaksa

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Read more: Dangers posed by climate change must be addressed collectively – President Rajapaksa

 

Colombo Port City Project Launched

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The Colombo Port City Project was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a grand ceremony this morning (17) . The launch of the Project is expected to change the skyline of our city. This will be the largest single foreign direct investment of around US$ 1.5 billion for the land development that has potential to attract around US$ 5 billion from all over the world.

Read more: Colombo Port City Project Launched

 

Sri Lanka GDP grows 7.8% in Q2 2014

Sri Lanka's GDP growth (Economic growth) for the Q2 2014 has recorded a 7.8 percent compared to same quarter of 2013, stated the Department of Census & Statistics in its quarterly GDP report released on Monday.

Read more: Sri Lanka GDP grows 7.8% in Q2 2014

 

Sri Lanka and China agree to deepen their Strategic Cooperative Partnership

 

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Sri Lanka and China have agreed to deepen their Strategic Cooperative Partnership, following official talks between the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping and President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo today (16th September 2014).

Read more: Sri Lanka and China agree to deepen their Strategic Cooperative Partnership

 

Sri Lanka responds during discussion on UN High Commissioner's Report to the 27th session of the Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha addressing 27th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today (8 September 2014), welcoming the new High Commissioner Zeid Bin Ra'ad Al-Hussein on his appointment, said, "his wide experience in diplomacy, in-depth knowledge of the UN system and understanding and respect for social and cultural characteristics are useful assets that will guide the work of the OHCHR, consistent with the IB package and based on the fundamental principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity, non‑selectivity, constructive international dialogue and cooperation". He observed that "despite Sri Lanka's non-recognition of the politically motivated resolution on Sri Lanka during HRC 25, Sri Lanka would continue to engage with the regular mechanisms of the Council, and looked  forward to the opportunity to engage during Sri Lanka's fifth periodic report under the ICCPR next month -October 2014".

Read more: Sri Lanka responds during discussion on UN High Commissioner's Report to the 27th session of the Human Rights Council

   

Chinese President to visit Sri Lanka

The President of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping will be undertaking a State visit to Sri Lanka from 16th to 17th September 2014, at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It would be recalled that President Rajapaksa paid a landmark State visit to China in May 2013 during which both leaders agreed to elevate the bilateral relations to a 'Strategic Cooperation Partnership', by substantially expanding the mandate for engagement.

Read more: Chinese President to visit Sri Lanka

   

CONSEQUENCES OF EXTERNAL INTERVENTION NOT FOR SRI LANKA

— BILATERAL DISCUSSION BETWEEN FMs OF SRI LANKA AND CUBA

 The consequences of external intervention in the domestic affairs of countries, and the havoc it has caused resulting in the loss of precious human lives and the governability of nations being placed at risk, are today evident in many parts of the world, and the people of Sri Lanka certainly have no wish to exchange the peace and stability they now enjoy for this state of affairs, Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, remarked in the course of the bilateral discussion he held at the Ministry of External Affairs yesterday (8th September 2014) with Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.

Read more: CONSEQUENCES OF EXTERNAL INTERVENTION NOT FOR SRI LANKA

   

GL emphasized passage for SL fishermen through Maldivian waters

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The right of passage for Sri Lankan fishermen through Maldivian waters as a means of access to the high seas was among the matters taken up by Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, at the Joint Commission with the Maldives at the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday.

Read more: GL emphasized passage for SL fishermen through Maldivian waters

   

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