Sri Lanka call for elimination of nuclear weapons

2012-08-02 21:32:21

Sri Lanka has called for the elimination of nuclear weapons from national arsenals claiming that they pose an overarching threat to humanity.

“Sri Lanka maintains its concerns that the continued existence of nuclear weapons and of their possible use or threat of use, poses an overarching threat to humanity, and joins the collective voice for the elimination of nuclear weapons from national arsenals,” Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka at the Conference on Disarmament (CD) Plenary Ravinatha Aryasinha said in Geneva.

He also said, “Pending this achievement, we are of the view that there is an urgent need to reach an early agreement on a universal, unconditional and legally binding instrument to assure non-nuclear weapon states against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.  

“We encourage nuclear weapon states to reduce nuclear danger through progressive multilateral nuclear disarmament beginning with the de-alerting of nuclear weapons and reducing the operational readiness of weapons systems.  We stand ready to work within the framework of the Conference on Disarmament, towards achieving this objective. We believe that it is our joint commitment and responsibility.”

He also said Conference on Disarmament should not be subjected to the vagaries of a changing international strategic landscape.

“…we express our profound disappointment that the Conference has not been enabled to undertake substantive work on its agenda.  In order to continue to preserve the unique role of the Body, it is vital that all of us, the Member States, allow the Conference to begin its substantive work on the basis of a balanced and focused Programme of Work, that takes into account security concerns of all its Members in an equitable manner, thereby ensuring its acceptance by consensus,” he said.

  Comments - 35

  • Shehan Jayawardene Friday, 3 August 2012 01:24

    The SL government has called for the elimination of nuclear weapons from national arsenals. The government should practice what they preach. Why do they keep increasing their defence budget and the number of armed forces every year even after 3 years have gone by since the war has ended?

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    Rajan Friday, 3 August 2012 01:33

    Sri Lanka must eliminate its stockpile of nuclear weapons first.

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    Saman Friday, 3 August 2012 03:45

    Eliminate the TNA guys and it will be easily done!

    Reply : 40       27

    sampath Friday, 3 August 2012 06:21

    TNA is a legitimate political party. Must first of all eliminate racist like you Saman.

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    sampath Friday, 3 August 2012 06:23

    then why is your government after Pakistan and China to develop Nuclear Technology. Now don't tell me it is for power generation.
    Any sort of Nuclear work should be stopped.

    6       8

    Cyclops Friday, 3 August 2012 01:43

    Could we please clean our toilets before we scream to others about theirs? Of course we do not have nuclear weapons but we have a budding dictatorship that threatens the whole citizenry of the country.

    Reply : 5       7

    Em Friday, 3 August 2012 01:54

    It is a good call..

    Reply : 14       23

    Saman Friday, 3 August 2012 02:20

    World peace, human rights, poverty and hunger in 3rd world always sound good in Geneva. Then you go to a 5 star hotel and party all night with the fellow members of the UN gang!

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    senavi Friday, 3 August 2012 02:39

    big blow for nuclear powers

    Reply : 9       29

    CHANDRAPALA Friday, 3 August 2012 02:51

    We have to respect the international law. We have to keep our house in order before we make a such statement.

    Reply : 13       29

    bandara Friday, 3 August 2012 02:52

    Oh really? what are you trying to score on?

    Reply : 8       27

    Nodrog Friday, 3 August 2012 03:38

    weapons manufacturing and selling is mega business and Govts will fight tooth and nail to keep it going. Otherwise they loose billions $$ in sales and millions will be out of jobs

    Reply : 1       22

    Ashiq Friday, 3 August 2012 11:30

    jobs created by making some thing kills the people !!! do u really need that job

    Reply : 2       1

    prasanna Friday, 3 August 2012 04:23

    don't talk about weapons . its a very good business for America & Europe . If there are no wars, how could they bridge the budget deficit.

    Reply : 8       14

    Minister Friday, 3 August 2012 04:39

    Once a tiny fly who landed on the head of a massive bull also said to have uttered something like this threatening to kill the bull!

    Reply : 3       23

    das Friday, 3 August 2012 05:00

    We will invade anyone who keeps nuclear weapons.

    Reply : 1       18

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 3 August 2012 05:06

    What can a nuclear weapon do; only kill; not generate power to run a factory. So what’s wrong in formally putting forward a proposal for its elimination? Being tiny is not the issue.

    Reply : 10       8

    justin Friday, 3 August 2012 06:49

    Some countries produce electricity using nuclear power.

    Reply : 0       4

    Jeevan Friday, 3 August 2012 05:11

    You have to tell something to the world every now and then! Otherwise others wont notice the presence of this country... Do you know the color of an atomic bomb? Try to sort out your own mess first before preaching to the others.

    Reply : 7       17

    Nodrog Friday, 3 August 2012 05:47

    Thats why we have the LTTE rump to say something every now and then. Why dont you focus on the larger picture instead of always comparing everything to our alleged 'issues'.

    Reply : 5       3

    Letchmi Friday, 3 August 2012 15:10

    well said Nodrog. Too much focus on alleged 'issues'

    2       1

    Richardson Friday, 3 August 2012 08:24

    All the super powers will be lining up to get advise from this bloke

    Reply : 0       10

    kish Friday, 3 August 2012 13:05

    Good one mate

    Reply : 0       4

    muhandiram Friday, 3 August 2012 05:17

    Which nuclear powered country will care about Sri Lanka's call?

    Reply : 2       13

    Marie Jansz Friday, 3 August 2012 05:26

    What is the purpose of this statement? Has the world been waiting for this enlightenment all these years? Does he know what is purpose at all is? Clean your mess first before looking at other countries and trying to play the good guy!

    Reply : 1       5

    sltk2004 Friday, 3 August 2012 05:54

    This is exactly what need. Elimination of the nuclear weapons will solve most of our domestic problems also.

    Reply : 1       15

    sirisena1 Friday, 3 August 2012 07:02

    and blow the India

    Reply : 3       1

    Richardson Friday, 3 August 2012 08:21

    Holy cow , !!!what a brilliant idea every body will listen to him

    Reply : 1       11

    sajitha Friday, 3 August 2012 08:37

    who's listening?

    Reply : 2       8

    lankan Saturday, 4 August 2012 11:36


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    singing fish Friday, 3 August 2012 13:19

    The world should be without nuclear arms,all countries must accept this and as far as Srilanka is concerned they must first tell their friendly countries to get rid of them.

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    Bandula Saturday, 4 August 2012 10:33

    Minister please first get rid of the chemical weapons you used in the war and tell your best friends China, Pakistan and India to get rid of their weapons too then advise the others.

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    Lasantha Pethiyagoda Saturday, 4 August 2012 16:26

    This fellow in the picture must feel like a tiny ant bellowing at full cry under the nose of a deaf elephant. A pity that nobody even seems to notice the tiny least where it matters...not just at internet blogs though!!

    Reply : 0       0

    patriot Saturday, 4 August 2012 21:40

    After hearing his request, US, Britain, France, China, India,
    Pakistan, Russia and Iran have dismantled their nuclear weapons.

    Reply : 1       0

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