Second Committee General Debate
67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Statement by
Ambassador H. E. Dr. Palitha Kohona,
Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
9th October, 2012

“The patiently negotiated Outcome Document of the historic UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20),   provides us with  the blueprint for the global sustainable development agenda. We have the task of making it more meaningful to all of us and deliver concrete and pragmatic outcomes, that will, over the years, benefit humankind. It is imperative that we transform the enthusiasm reflected in the Outcome Document into tangible action and fulfill the aspirations of our peoples for a sustainable future.”

Here is the address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Global Symposium for Regulators 2012, in Colombo today.

ICT should not sow hatred and intolerance – President at GSR 12

Statement by Ambassador H. E. Dr. Palitha Kohona

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations 

At the UN General Assembly Informal Interactive Dialogue on

The Report of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect:

Timely and Decisive Response

New York,

Wednesday, 5th September 2012 

Mr. President, 

Let me join the previous delegations in thanking you for convening this informal interactive dialogue on the report of the Secretary-General on “The Responsibility to Protect”.  We thank the Secretary-General for his report, “Timely and Decisive Response”.  The presentations by the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, and the other distinguished panelists have been very helpful. 

Mr. President,

Adopted in the Outcome Document of the 2005 World Summit, “R2P” is still to be clearly defined.  The R2P concept has raised considerable sensitivities because the circumstances when it could be employed are still to be determined to the satisfaction of most of the international community.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s  address at the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran


Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran & Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement,
Your Excellencies,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the outset, I express deepest sympathies for the tragic loss of life and destruction caused by the earthquakes that occurred a few weeks ago in North Western Iran. I wish the people of Iran a speedy recovery from this unfortunate natural disaster.
I am pleased to be in this magnificent city again, this time with the brethren of the Non-Aligned Movement. I take this opportunity to thank the Government and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the meticulous organization of this event, and gracious hospitality extended to me and my delegation.
While warmly welcoming President Ahmadinejad as the new Chair of NAM, I wish to acknowledge the extensive contribution made by Iran to the Movement over the years. I am confident that under his able leadership the work of NAM will continue to flourish. I also offer my heartfelt appreciation to His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Morsy, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, for their impressive initiatives to the NAM in its capacity as Chair from 2009 to 2012.
Sri Lanka is pleased to welcome the Republic of Fiji and the Republic of Azerbaijan as the newest Members into the NAM family. The admission of these two Members into our fold, brings added strength and diversity to us, and clearly establishes the relevance of NAM in the global arena. We strongly advocate solidarity among NAM countries, especially now.
Mr. Chairman,
We are living through challenging times and the theme for this Summit, “Lasting Peace through Joint Global Governance” is particularly pertinent. It is through joint global action that we will be able to address many of these challenges.

His Excellency the Ambassador Major General Shavendra Silva,Charge d’Affaires

of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations 

At the 

2nd UN Conference to Review Progress made In the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects, 27-28 August 2012

 Madam President, 

Sri Lanka wishes to join other delegations in congratulating you on your election as President of the 2nd Review Conference and remain confident that you will steer our deliberations to a successful conclusion. My delegation also wishes to associate itself with the statement made by the Indonesian delegation on behalf of the Non Aligned Movement.

Today, more than at any other time, preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons is a matter which requires concerted efforts by all nations. The convening of the 2nd Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action is therefore, timely.  The amassing and spread of Small Arms and Light Weapons continue to fuel conflicts and cause untold suffering in many regions of the world. 

Sri Lanka is a country which has experienced, first hand, the destruction that can be caused by the illicit trade in such weapons. For a period of nearly 30 years, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) a terrorist outfit, which unlawfully occupied areas in the North and East of Sri Lanka, made ample use of the easy access to small arms and light weapons globally to procure and use such weapons with lethal repercussions on a democratically elected Government and its people.

In the post conflict phase, Sri Lanka is beginning to uncover not only the extensive overseas networks that have facilitated the illicit transfer of Small Arms and Light Weapons but also the extensive arsenal that terrorists had been able to acquire.  The massive stockpile of weapons which were recovered from the terrorists during and following the end of the conflict bears testimony to the ease with which terrorists could procure such weapons globally and reiterates the urgent need to eliminate this illicit trade.  With the eradication of terrorism, efforts are being taken to make a fresh analysis on small arms and light weapons particularly in the areas that were unlawfully occupied by terrorists. Action is being envisaged to take steps nationwide to recover illicit weaponry and ammunition.

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