President calls on world leaders to emulate Mandela

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President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the world leaders to emulate Nelson Mandela, who showed the correct path by his humanitarian qualities and the love for the people.

Addressing the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, President Sirisena said Mandela was a great statesman and epitome of reconciliation.

He thanked the UN Secretary General and others for organizing the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit to honour such a great humanitarian leader who showed the path of true reconciliation to the world.

He said Mandela was a leader who showed how to use power for the benefit of the people and give up power without any greed for power.

“There is a dearth of such leaders today. I wonder how many of the leaders have the qualities displayed by Nelson Mandela and I feel that it is for the leaders to emulate Mandela and enter the correct path displayed by him,” he told the assembly of world leaders and other top delegates.

The Plenary Session of the Mandela Peace Summit will also adopt a Political Declaration covering policing guidelines for a gamut of areas including peace, democracy, rule of law and human rights.

President Sirisena is scheduled to address the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly today.

This year’s theme of the general debate is “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable, and Sustainable Societies.”

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  • BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 25 September 2018 01:52 PM

    What is the significance of taking priests into the UN conference? This shows our principles and priorities are wrong!!!

    Bala Tuesday, 25 September 2018 01:58 PM

    Everything begins with home as base. Why don't you practice it first back here yourself and emulate the great Mandela. Also adivise your previous boss MR not to be greedy but give up craving power like Mandela.

    lion Tuesday, 25 September 2018 03:05 PM

    Practice what you preach. Its disgusting when we compare what this person says and what he really does.

    Lankan Tuesday, 25 September 2018 03:19 PM

    Please follow what you preach, set up a truth and reconciliation commission like the one setup in South Africa and heal the pain of all communities!

    Sincere Tuesday, 25 September 2018 04:05 PM

    That is our inheritance. We preach what we dont practice.

    Ceylon Tuesday, 25 September 2018 04:09 PM

    Look at the picture.srilanka delegation also.laughing of this man's joker type talks.

    Siri Tuesday, 25 September 2018 04:16 PM

    Practice before preaching others. First is your self and then preach others. Talking one thing doing something totally different

    Rohan Tuesday, 25 September 2018 04:53 PM

    This man is talking bull crap. Does anyone care here or in UN?

    viking Tuesday, 25 September 2018 05:04 PM

    What ever you say, no one hears and no one heard. Only Mandela heard may be. Dont waste public money and you Go home Mr Prez. Thx a lot.

    observer Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:22 PM

    We as voters put him there and he is doing what he is cable of.

    Prem Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:12 PM

    Why on earth he took monks to UN assembly? I never seen any other countries delegates bring religious priests with them.

    RP Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:53 PM

    One person was missing in the puzzled SL delegation, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.


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