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President calls on UN to follow a policy of non-interference in domestic affairs

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is asking the United Nations to pursue a policy of respect for “the sovereign equality of States, respect for territorial integrity and non-interference in their domestic affairs.”

The statement was the core of the message President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivered to a virtual 75th General Assembly of the UN yesterday September 21.

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

He noted that Sri Lanka was able to successfully face the challenge of COVID-19 through proactive intervention which “synchronized the military, health as well as civilian authorities at national and regional levels.”

He claimed that 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,” he said.

The President said as Sri Lanka celebrates 65 years of UN membership this year, the country “is pleased to have contributed significantly to United Nation’s agenda, ranging from peacekeeping operations to programmes of its specialized agencies.”

“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,” the President said.

“I firmly believe that partnerships fostered between the Member States and the UN continue at their best when no country is held hostage to the interests of a few.” (Colombo, September 22, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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