Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for New York this morning to attend the UN Summit. The Sri Lankan President will lead a delegation which also includes External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Pieris, to the 66th session of the UN General Assembly. He will deliver his address in the UN General Assembly on the September 23.
Reports say that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the Summit. This is the first time he will be meeting the UN Secretary General after the release of the Darusman report.
It is learnt that the President is expected convey the serious concern of the Government of Sri Lanka for releasing a personal document of the UN SG as a UN document without the explicit approval of Sri Lanka. It is also expected that he will take up the issue of sharing the Darusman report with the High Commissioner and the Human Rights Council without giving adequate notice to Sri Lanka.
He is also expected to meet several heads of state and dignitaries on the sidelines of the General Assembly session for bilateral talks. (Source: News.lk)