Sept 24, New York: Attributing the growing agitations in the world to the policies of few countries President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa today said the world needs no policing by a few States, particularly when the UN is mandated to ensure international security, through multilateral engagement.
Addressing the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Sri Lankan President said it is disturbing to observe the growing trend in the international arena, of interference by some, in the internal matters of developing countries, in the guise of security, and as guardians of human rights.
He asked whether such movements have led to better stability in these countries, or produced different results, due to inappropriate external factors.
"In fact, the positive outcomes envisaged by those responsible have not come to pass, but indeed contributed to making those countries unstable," the President told the UN General Assembly.
He pointed out that the turmoil results from attempts to impose a type of democracy, upon countries with significantly different cultures, values and history and said the trend needs to be arrested, as it has now extended into areas, detrimental to the wellbeing of populations.
The President also pointed out to the Assembly that unilateral measures such as embargoes and economic sanctions, imposed on countries are disturbing since such initiatives bring suffering not only to those specifically targeted but to a wide range of humanity without any justification.
Speaking of the development in post-conflict Sri Lanka, the President said Sri Lanka has eradicated separatist terrorism, spanning three decades, and is in the process of addressing the issues of development and reconciliation.
He noted that holding elections in the Northern Province few days ago after 25 years was a significant event where the people enjoyed their right at the elections.
"It is a matter of legitimate satisfaction to me that this was made possible after the lapse of almost a quarter of a century," he said.
He said it is clearly the responsibility of the international community to assist with Sri Lanka's efforts for the benefit of all the people of Sri Lanka.
The President raised the issue of international community targeting Sri Lanka despite the visible progress made, and consistent engagement with UN mechanisms.
He said many countries are surprised at the disproportionate emphasis on Sri Lanka and the unequal treatment through the multilateral framework and questioned the basis for this relentless pursuit.
"It is my conviction that the UN system should be astute to ensure the consistency of standards applied so that there is no room for suspicion of manipulation of the UN System by interested parties to fulfill their agendas," he emphasized.
Speaking of achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the President said despite the 30-year war, the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and the global food, energy and financial crises, Sri Lanka's attaining the MDGs is salutary.
The President pointing out that Sri Lanka was ranked 92nd out of 287 countries in the Human Development Index in 2012, said absolute poverty in Sri Lanka declined to 6.5% in 2012 from 25.2%, over a period of five years, surpassing the MDG mid- term target.
Following the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, eradication of poverty must be the primary goal of the post 2015 Development Agenda to promote accelerated economic growth in developing countries, President Rajapaksa said.
Drawing attention to Sri Lanka's innovative development of establishing a Youth Parliament to sharpen the awareness of democracy and skills of the new generation and prepare them to assume leadership, the President called upon the UN to declare an International Skills day as recognition of skills development of youth, paving the way for reduced poverty.
He underscored that the world is in need of a fair international economic system to revitalize partnerships for development and it should include State and non-State actors and blue-chip companies, emerging as new partners.
Full Speech of the President