“ Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona addresses the gathering at the ground breaking ceremony of the Helping Hands Centre, Catto Mill, Dallas, Texas.”

Statement by Hon. MahindaSamarasinghe
Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of the H.E. the President on Human Rights

Third Committee
67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Agenda Item 65 (a, b): Promotion and protection of the rights of children
18thOctober, 2012

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,

Children have always had an important place in the socio-cultural life of Sri Lanka and the current focus is on building a succeeding generation who are ready to take over the reins of a new Sri Lanka free from the fear of terrorism. To achieve this, we have integrated into our national development plans several programmes that deal with children, their protection and safety, their health and physical welfare as well as their education and personality development.

Statement by Ambassador H.E. Palitha T.B. Kohona

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

at the Security Council Open Debate  

“The promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security” 

17 October 2012

Mr. President, 

Let me join the other speakers in thanking you for convening this open debate.  

In one sense, the rule of law, at national and international levels, provides an essential framework to protect and consolidate the rights and freedoms of individuals in societies, and develop and maintain peace, stability, good order and dispense justice.

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