Lanka wants UN

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By Lake Argent


The Sri Lankan government says although it has differences with the UN on certain issues, as a member of the world body, it wants to work together in order to achieve permanent peace.

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, speaking at the World humanitarian Day event held at the UN compound in Colombo today, thanked the UN for the humanitarian support it gave Sri Lanka following the war.

“I don’t think we could have achieved what we have achieved at this moment without the help of all humanitarian workers and the UN organization.  On behalf of the government and the people of Sri Lanka I would like to thank the UN country office especially the country director and all the other country heads in the UN family and all the donors who helped through UN and directly to the Sri Lanka government and the people of Sri Lanka,” he said.

He also noted that there were a lot of arguments with the UN about why the government had built semi permanent houses for IDPs. He says the rumor was that the government was going to keep the IDPs there for years but finally every body now understands what the government was really trying to do.

Also speaking here the UN Country Representative Neil Buhne noted that through a broad partnership in support of Sri Lankan national efforts, hundreds and thousands who had to flee from fighting to safety were given humanitarian assistance.

“Difficult and hard work was done by Sri Lankan’s, there were many challenges, many difficult times, times when people became frustrated. Ultimately through hard work, the corner was turned and people regained the capacity to start rebuilding their lives. Here in Sri Lanka, We look forward to supporting you now to rebuild and recover, and lay a firm foundation for safe lives free from need for all Sri Lankans,” he said. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Yeti Thursday, 19 August 2010 11:52 AM

    Yes. As Lanka wants to have the cake and eat it too!!

    Chelliah Manoharan Thursday, 19 August 2010 11:55 AM

    If you need permanent peace, just remove all the armed forces from North and East and handover to Tamils. Then there will be peace in not only in Srilanka but also in the world.

    banda Thursday, 19 August 2010 12:05 PM

    why didnt he mentioned that SL is working on removing the mandate of Mr. Moon? Has he excused himself for WWs stunt and MRs support?
    I think the GoSL is planning a dirty move.

    raj Thursday, 19 August 2010 01:09 PM

    if what you say is true, why not allow UN panel to investigate and unlimitted access?

    Smart Aleck Thursday, 19 August 2010 01:20 PM

    Are we now singing a different tune ? Got off the High Horse?

    Boothaya Thursday, 19 August 2010 01:34 PM

    This is good one. I wonder what will happened to those who praises our leaders as king with a back bone. Where the 70% of population going to hide their faces? I guess WW will commit suicide.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 19 August 2010 02:42 PM

    Now whose view is to be categorised as their personal view and not the government's policy: Gel Wimal's or Basil's. Or neither? A case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. No wonder the whole international community is confused.

    bash Thursday, 19 August 2010 02:49 PM

    Sri Lankan Law abiding citizens need the UN human rights involvement too

    Hash Thursday, 19 August 2010 09:45 AM

    better than tele dramas.. live drama

    Agent Zer08 Thursday, 19 August 2010 09:50 AM

    good move finally...

    Rajitha Thursday, 19 August 2010 03:33 PM

    why only in north? why don't you ask them to remove the military bases in the south as well? better yet why not asking them to dissolve the military permanently?

    Deepal Thursday, 19 August 2010 06:30 AM

    What happened to all the big talk?

    Ibnu Batuta Thursday, 19 August 2010 06:31 AM

    Very sensible.

    damiya Thursday, 19 August 2010 06:32 AM

    Very good way to go forward.

    KD Thursday, 19 August 2010 07:51 AM

    Would love to see Wimal's reponse on this!!!

    THE UNDERTAKER Thursday, 19 August 2010 07:57 AM

    WITHOUT UN SUPPORT - YOU HAVE TO STARVE LIKE iN ETHOPIA


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