President Sirisena addresses 70th UNGA in New York

President Sirisena addresses 70th UNGA in New York

Written by Tharushan Fernando

30 Sep, 2015 | 9:16 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the 70th sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

The President said:

Sri Lanka remains committed to fulfill this responsibility and in this respect. We intend implementing a new programme and plan of action in Sri Lanka to advance human rights.

He further stated:

Our new vision for the country involves achieving the twin objectives of sustainable development and reconciliation and that a fundamental requirement in this context is dealing with the past, honestly, and building a modern Sri Lankan nation. And in dealing with the past, we will follow a process of truth seeking, justice, reparation and non-recurrence.

The President added:

All forms of war and terrorism are a disgrace to humanity and the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states the manner in which such rebellions break out and whatever their root cause is, the challenge of this era is to find ways and means to defeat such brutality against humanity. And resorting to terrorism as a means to solve grievances as well as action taken to eliminate terrorism can create problems.  Sri Lanka succeeded in eliminating terrorism, which continues to throttle other developing countries extending from Asia to Africa and Latin America.

He further stated:

My understanding of sustainable development is not to have sector or group-wise isolated development, but to have an inclusive model of development that is capable of uplifting development standards globally. And for this purpose, I stress on the need for a fresh universal approach.

He also stated:

As we learn from the Buddhist ethos prevalent in Sri Lanka, I recognise there are three kinds of human conflicts – the first is the conflict between the human being and nature to which we are constantly engaged. The second is the conflict between ‘human’ and ‘human’….And the third is the conflict within the human being – and the two kinds of conflict I mentioned.

He further stated:

The edifice of sustainable development should therefore be built upon the foundation of self-discipline and equity and if this could be practiced at a personal, community, national and global level, it would mark a giant leap forward for human kind and I propose that we, as national leaders, take cognizance of this self-discipline and equity-based approach when drawing relevant action plans for the future. May the Noble Triple Gem Bless you .


President addresses 70th UN general Assembly in New York

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Full speech in Sinhala

Full speech delivered by President Maithripala Sirisena at the United Nations General Assembly”ගෝලීය සාමය හා ආරක්ෂාව පිළිබඳ එ.ජා. සංවිධානයට තව දුරටත් වගකීම තියෙනවා “- ජනපති

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