Some developed nations are a major challenge to all of humanity-MR

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa today charged that some of the developed nations are now a major challenge to all of humanity.

“The path taken by some of the developed nations to reach their present status has not always been sustainable, environmentally friendly or even ethical. The crises such as the grave depletion of energy resources environmental damage and disparities in sharing of energy resources were the results of these actions. The harmful path taken by these developed nations is now a major challenge to all of humanity,” the President said.

Addressing the World Energy Forum in Dubai today, the President also said that “…Today, Asia is fast awakening reaching great milestones in economic growth. In the last two decades alone Asia has pulled more people out of poverty than at any other time in human history. This was done by creating favourable conditions for rapid economic growth. However, the scarcity of energy resources would obstruct this upward mobility of Asian countries.”
He also said that the developing countries should be encouraged to make correct choices in determining alternative energy resources most beneficial for all in the long term.

“Countries must bear in mind that in this search for alternative energy sources agricultural land of today and tomorrow must not be used. We must not let the hunger of alternative energy lead to an increase in hunger for food. The use of food crops for fuel production must be avoided to prevent the spread of today’s threat to food security caused by turning food crops into fuel crops. The food energy for peoples’ lives should not be made the driving energy for cars,” he said.

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  • Dave Tuesday, 23 October 2012 08:19 AM

    Some developed nations are a major challenge to anit-demoratic dictators.

    Ranjith Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:18 AM

    It is a shame that too many patriots(blind believers) live among us.

    RamUK Tuesday, 23 October 2012 08:47 AM

    Can i re write u r sentence with your permission ..Please in Sri lanka what you have is sinhalese patriotism or tamil patriotism NO Srilankan patriotism..very true should be marked in Gold letters under the Independence square.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:21 AM

    Don't expect the economic situ to change overnight after a 30yr war. If those that oppose can contribute, instead of opposing every step we take, for the sake of opposing we can develop faster.

    Animality Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:20 AM

    Don't let 'joy' vanish.

    Casturi Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:48 AM

    Why not get Wimal Sinhawasna to declare war on those countries? Let us remains an undeveloped country & be of immense service to the world!

    Chams Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:52 AM

    One should learn to address a forum. What you preach in SL might not work internationally. It is also not wise to lash out the developed nations whenever an opportunity given. We should not forget the fact that we still have a favourable trade of balance by exporting to developed countries.

    dass Tuesday, 23 October 2012 03:23 AM

    leaders of some undeveloped countries are the main challenge to their people.

    true sri Lankan Tuesday, 23 October 2012 03:34 AM

    Very true ... most of the Asian countries have problems like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iran, Western countries have influence in these countries. .

    UP Tuesday, 23 October 2012 03:54 AM

    It is similar to some corrupt governments grab money, lands, which is available for on its people.

    Somapala Tuesday, 23 October 2012 10:12 AM

    Hello, Hello Lal
    IAre Japan, Singapore, S. Korea,, Malysia and now China countries in Africa?

    Big Ears Tuesday, 23 October 2012 03:50 AM

    Asia was much more developed that the west at one time. The US has only a history of 200 years. So what happened to Asia?

    Noel Rajapakshe Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:17 AM

    Brain drain??????Please don't think that we are fools.

    Non Citizen Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:30 AM

    I am in Singapore they say we are Developing Country and not Developed Country.. And right round the Globe it keeps chanaging. Any contry that says it is Developed it is finished.

    ase Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:31 AM

    if we call the kids by the names they will be "china and russia"

    Normal Citizen Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:38 AM

    In the midst of all those people, I see a former beauty queen seated (seemingly) listening attentively. Wonder what she was doing there? More importantly what was the value-addition her presence at the Forum brought to the Sri Lankan delegation.

    Lankey Bonnicka Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:56 AM

    mamat awid inawa may forum akay

    Nodrog Monday, 22 October 2012 04:32 PM

    We need not make the same mistakes they did. Instead we should learn and avoid.

    Big Ears Monday, 22 October 2012 04:37 PM

    It is sour grapes. Asia, except for Japan was asleep while the west developed. No one asked Asia not to develop. One of the main reasons for this was the lack of visionaries like the late Steve Jobs.

    patana Monday, 22 October 2012 05:17 PM

    We have a big history ever since we gained independence and even before foreign powers colonized us. How easily we talk of humanity and cast aspersions at others.

    RamUK Monday, 22 October 2012 05:29 PM

    When....? The economic growth in SL is due to the GAP created by the war. With in years it will stagnant and go back. There is no invention or resources to back up the growth. only brain drain ......

    mahanayaka Monday, 22 October 2012 05:37 PM

    These are just lip servings. we know who really kills and harms the humanity in Sri Lanka

    bernardwijeyasingha Monday, 22 October 2012 05:38 PM

    Almost all the institutions that has helped the developing world were created by the developed world, especially the USA. The third world would still be in a terrible situation without the massive loans and grants given by the World bank, the IMF, the UN and other institutions. It maybe true the developed world destroyed a lot to become developed powers but that can be said of China and India too. I find that it is so easy to point fingers of accusation while conveniently taking the monies offered by the developed nations for ones own development.

    Big Ears Monday, 22 October 2012 05:44 PM

    Hello, the next source of energy will be renewable energy form the sun, wind and sea. It will not affect agricultural land. You start working on these technologies for the future without asking India and China.

    mohamed asfar Tuesday, 23 October 2012 06:03 AM

    well said sir........

    Maxa Monday, 22 October 2012 06:06 PM

    statements made inside Sri Lanka.
    Finally no essence, no direction, no value

    Non Citizen Monday, 22 October 2012 06:07 PM

    There is No Develped Country always Developeing Coutnry or re Developing Coutnry

    shehan jayawardene Monday, 22 October 2012 07:24 PM

    Some family dictatorships are a grave danger to the continuation of democracy in the island. ;)

    Surain Tuesday, 23 October 2012 06:28 AM

    I dont think my country people will accept your accusations against well to do (developed) coutnries.every time when oppotunity arrives you sling mud at them and destroy the image of Sri Lanka. think before you talk you are represanting my country Sri Lanka. you cant represant like of few others.

    Rajan Monday, 22 October 2012 07:58 PM

    Except for Japan rest of Asia's prosperity comes from West's outsourcing income.

    las Monday, 22 October 2012 08:20 PM

    you always blame west & developed countries but never tried to understand how they govern the country systematically and process oriented without corruption. you use these to mislead
    innocent people in my country. but we live in west and enjoy all the benefit equally and happy to pay the tax to the country too.

    John Tuesday, 23 October 2012 06:59 AM

    ...much like the rhetoric from the likes of Mugabe, Gaddaffi..........,

    Piranha Monday, 22 October 2012 09:27 PM

    Well, in your own country you are a challenge to all the people.

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 23 October 2012 07:22 AM

    Total humbug when MR talks about humanity. The LLRC and the UN reports are proof of your regimes inhumanity. This time who wrote your speech? China, Iran or Russia? Corrupt and criminal regimes such as yours will continue to be targetted by the first world and that is what the right thinking humanity calls for.

    lal Monday, 22 October 2012 10:36 PM

    Asia was not allowed to deveplop. The big powers denied development to Asia by military, political and economic means. Have a read about colonialism and its brutality and you'll understand.

    Amila Gunasekara Monday, 22 October 2012 10:41 PM

    MR ! U are the man in charge right now ! Take us on the correct path. These kind of statements are not going to help us at all, because we are depending on them !

    Democrat Monday, 22 October 2012 11:45 PM

    We have heard plenty of wise advice from MR during his overseas jaunts, which is only for home consumption. How about the environmental detruction taking place in our own country like denuding forests, poluting the atmosphere with more and more vehicles on the roads, the use of vast amounts of agrochemicals,,, the disgusting sights of garbage that litter the land even in the ciities,. The resultent epidemics of diseses such as Dengue Fever directly relates to poor enviromental sanition. Dont blame the west for these ills that we have created in our own backyard.Practice what you preach..

    John Black Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:08 AM

    What about the Norochcholai power plant? We all know that Coal Power is the most unclean source of energy..and you plan to have another one installed!!!

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 23 October 2012 08:13 AM

    Before putting our noses into others mistakes, we must indentify our own mistakes. The nation lost thousands of innocent human beings for mistakes committed by the leaders of this country and it is still continuing arrogantly and emphatically. We talk about patriotism not knowing that it is actually either sinhalese or tamil patriotism but never Sri Lankan patriotism. Fools develop and endeavour where fools live.


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