Wed, 01 Dec 2021 Today's Paper

'UN should place due emphasis on non-interference in domestic affairs'

21 September 2020 10:46 pm - 18     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In a pre-recorded statement at the High-Level Meeting to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations today, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, ‘We expect the United Nation will place due emphasis on non-interference in domestic affairs of other states. 

“At a time when the world is facing a common and an unrivalled threat, the “United Nations We Need”, I am certain, will place due emphasis on the sovereign equality of States, respect for territorial integrity and non-interference in their domestic affairs”, President said.

The President said that he firmly believes that partnerships fostered between Member States and the UN continues at their best when no country is held hostage to the interests of a few.

UN Member States agreed in June 2019 that the UN will mark its 75th anniversary with a one-day, high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday, 21 September 2020 on the theme, 'The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism'.

The President of the 75th Session of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir made the opening statement at the meeting where leaders and delegates of 180 countries made their representations.

In his speech, President Rajapaksa said the world is plagued by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, which has jeopardized economies, health systems and indeed societies, just within a few months.  

“Sri Lanka was able to successfully face the challenge of COVID-19 through a proactive intervention. We established the National Action Committee for Preventing COVID-19 even before the first patient was detected in Sri Lanka. Our approach synchronized the military, health as well as civilian authorities of national and regional levels.

Sri Lanka’s recovery rate stands at over 90% well above the global recovery rate. Our success story owes much to our reliance upon ‘tracing and quarantine’, which was our greatest strength,” President stressed.

“Sri Lanka is hopeful that we of the United Nations would rededicate ourselves in efforts to strengthen this great institution to ensure the future we want. We owe our peoples and future generations no less,” he said.

  Comments - 18

  • magul Kumara Tuesday, 22 September 2020 03:27 AM

    Did this guy ever get educated?. If his logic holds, no external interference would have occurred as millions were being slaughtered in Nazi Germany during the 30s / 40s or for that matter in Bannana Mayanmar in present times. We have this foolfor a leader?

    Not Correct Tuesday, 22 September 2020 04:08 AM

    When genocide happens, the UN has the responsibility to interfere ANYWHERE!

    Anura Tuesday, 22 September 2020 05:10 AM

    President put the Military before the doctors while stating the Covid-19 success story in Sri Lanka. Is he right to do so ? ABSOLUTELY.

    Demuni Uduwara Tuesday, 22 September 2020 05:26 AM

    Understand first that we live in a global village. Still we are not a developed country . We have a minus economy and now defend on India and China. Hence we should give due respect to UN criteria. Otherwise we will become a solitary island.

    BigLobe Tuesday, 22 September 2020 05:44 AM

    The who UN charter is to safeguard the riight of humans around the world. They have a right to talk of human rights where it is in USA, Japan or Timbuktu. This is another Trump.

    BigLobe Tuesday, 22 September 2020 05:45 AM

    Anther Trump who knows very little of world trends and politics.

    Ram Tuesday, 22 September 2020 05:45 AM

    President is correct in what he says. But when the Constitutional changes suggested are anti democratic it is difficult to silence them

    AC Tuesday, 22 September 2020 06:00 AM

    Mr. President well said and UN should not have bias policies towards countries. We salute you and admire you as our President.

    ram Tuesday, 22 September 2020 06:22 AM

    Yes. UN should allow countries commit war crimes as long as they claim their sovereign. By doing so, UN will be a partner in war crimes. If not, UN should take proper actions to prevent future war crimes.

    Michael Ranasinghe Tuesday, 22 September 2020 06:22 AM

    Very simple Mr President .. pull out of the UN if you don't want them to, as you say, " interfere"

    Buffalo Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:39 AM

    Lol He wants all the benefits from UN but don't want UN to interfere. If you don't want then pull out. If we sign the accord then the have the right to interfere. Sri lanka is not in mars. These statements are to please the south people but cannot fool the educated.

    Johan Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:44 AM

    He does not know what is UN charter

    Andrew Silva Tuesday, 22 September 2020 10:07 AM

    Mr. President are you thinking of bringing back the vans. What colour?

    saman Tuesday, 22 September 2020 10:43 AM

    Colombo Libs have come out swinging !

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 22 September 2020 10:44 AM

    The United Nations literally mean, united, we stand, divided, we will fall, So, Mr. President, if you and your cronies in the guise of that foot-in-mouth professor for one conclude that looking into the affairs of all aspects of humanity of the member brotherhood is 'interference' just pull out and be called a 'pariah' state.

    ranjit Tuesday, 22 September 2020 02:00 PM

    atrocities done in the past or to be done in future cannot be caterorgised as internal. UN has every right to interfer and upheld juystice

    Crazy Tuesday, 22 September 2020 08:59 PM

    It is like our Military taking care of cv 19 and not our doctors. We are trying to teach UN to do what we want.

    Priyanga Nugegodage Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:04 PM

    All his family has 'interfered' in Srilanka democracy. I don't like this man.

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment

Focus on Laggala Gem mining big shots bigger than the law

The truth is now being uncovered regarding an illegal mining racket in state

How and why the TNA was formed twenty years ago

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is now twenty years of age. The premier pol

India lays emphasis on culture diplomacy with Sri Lanka

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to inaugurate the Kushinagar Inter

Bittersweet memories of a ‘City that never slept’

At the heart of Eastern Province lies a now abandoned ghost town punctuated w