4 April, 2020

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Sri Lanka Criticised For Absent In Action On Nuclear Weapons At UN

The Friday Forum has today criticised the government of Sri Lanka for not supporting the call for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. “Opposition to weapons of mass destruction in general, and nuclear weapons in particular, has been a well-known position in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy.” the Friday Forum said in a statement.

G.L. Peiris - Minister of External Affairs

G.L. Peiris – Minister of External Affairs

One hundred and fifty five governments, led by New Zealand, presented a joint statement at the United Nations First Committee on the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons use. In 2013, in First Committee, a similar statement obtained the signatures of 125 governments. Both last year and this year, Sri Lanka refused to sign these statements.

We publish below the statement in dull;

Absent in action: Sri Lanka on nuclear weapons

Sri Lanka’s foreign policy has recently been the target of much criticism and one can cite a litany of scandals and questionable departures from professionalism and our traditional Non-aligned stance.

These are now overshadowed by the glaring lack of principle and consistency recently seen in the First Committee of the current UN General Assembly sessions where Disarmament and Security issues are discussed and voted upon. One hundred and fifty five governments, led by New Zealand, presented a joint statement at the United Nations First Committee on the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons use. In 2013, in First Committee, a similar statement obtained the signatures of 125 governments. Both last year and this year, Sri Lanka refused to sign these statements.

Opposition to weapons of mass destruction in general, and nuclear weapons in particular, has been a well-known position in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy. Previous Governments signed and ratified the Treaty for the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT); the Outer Space Treaty banning the placement of nuclear weapons in outer space, and the Seabed Treaty banning the placement of nuclear weapons on the seabed and ocean floor. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) has been signed, but the present Government is inexplicably holding off on its ratification, which fortunately does not affect the entry into force of the Treaty. Sri Lanka has held prominent positions in Disarmament Conferences, and is a member of the sole multilateral disarmament negotiating body, the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament.

As a founder member of the Non-aligned Movement (NAM), Sri Lanka has supported the call for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Indeed it was at the 1976 Fifth NAM Summit in Colombo that the historic First UN Special Session Devoted to Disarmament was mooted where the priority of nuclear disarmament was clearly established. Accordingly as recently as 2012 when the 16th NAM Summit was held in Tehran the 120 NAM nations agreed at para 151 of its Final Document: “The Heads of State or Government reaffirmed the Movement’s principled positions on nuclear disarmament, which remains its highest priority, and on the related issue of nuclear non-proliferation in all its aspects. They stressed the importance that efforts aiming at nuclear non-proliferation should be parallel to simultaneous efforts aiming at nuclear disarmament. They stressed their concern at the threat to humanity posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons and of their possible use or threat of use.”

The joint statement now issued at the UN by the 155 countries led by New Zealand warns humankind yet again that

“It is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances. The catastrophic effects of a nuclear weapon detonation, whether by accident, miscalculation or design, cannot be adequately addressed”.

The call to action tellingly concludes on the responsibility that lies on us as citizens:

“By raising awareness about this issue, civil society has a crucial role to play side-by-side with governments as we fulfil our responsibilities. We owe it to future generations to work together to do just that, and in doing so to rid our world of the threat posed by nuclear weapons.”

Will Sri Lanka return to decency and NAM principles?

Jayantha Dhanapala                             Professor Savitri Goonesekere,              Suriya Wickremasinghe,

For and On Behalf of the Friday Forum

Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Professor Savitri Goonesekere, Ms. Suriya Wickremasinghe, DrG. Usvatte-aratchi,

Mr. J.C. Weliamuna, Mr. Tissa Jayatilaka, Professor Ranjini Obeyesekere, Mr. Faiz-ur.Rahman,

Professor Arjuna Aluwihare, Ms. Damaris Wickremesekera, Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran, Professor Camena Gunaratne,  Dr. Deepika Udagama, Rev. Dr. Jayasiri Peiris,  Ms. Manouri Muttetuwegama, Rt. Reverend Duleep de Chickera, Dr. A. C. Visvalingam, Professor Gananath Obeyesekere, Mr. Pulasthi Hewamanna, Mr. Danesh Casie Chetty, Mr. Ranjit Fernando, Mr. Dhammapala Wijayanandana, Mr. Saliya Pieris, Mr. Chandra Jayaratne

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    Who cares about the Friday forum!

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    What do these intellectuals expect? o matter who many votes are against Nuclear weapons the Israel, USA and GB will insist that it will be a deterrent to their enemies and then create havoc around the world.

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    Dear Friday Forum,

    RE:”Sri Lanka Criticised For Absent In Action On Nuclear Weapons At UN

    “The Friday Forum has today criticised the government of Sri Lanka for not supporting the call for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. “Opposition to weapons of mass destruction in general, and nuclear weapons in particular, has been a well-known position in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy.” the Friday Forum said in a statement.”

    Sri Lanka already posses weapons of Mass Destruction. So, no need to sign any treaties. It is only for those who do not YET posses these weapons of mass destruction.

    1. Mahinda Rajapalsam, his family , cronies, Shills and white-washers.

    2. BBS, JHU, Sinhala Ravya who follow MaRa and Mara

    3. Fundamental Christians who follow Satan and Lucifer

    4. Wahhabis and their clones who follow Iblis, Satan, Devil.

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    Who are they trying to curry favor with? India? Israel? China? There is much more to this, but we will never know.

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    Amarasiri is on the correct tract, but fail to mention Power vested on Chinese carrying nuclear weapon submarines has put Corruption prone Rajapaksa on a very serious predictment. If Sri Lanka is without any nuclear weapons, other than Gotabayas Private Army and Gandassara’s BALU SENA ,we don’t have nothing else. But the begging bowl is a very serious weapon of mass destruction.

    As Ambassador Dhanapala head some treaty section of the UN as the Top man he may be aware of what they discuss. But our Professor of Law who is not have any knowledge of Law & Order may be struggling to understand what this treaty is proposing. But The UN Ambassador Kohona who held the position of the He ad of Treaty Se cation may be trying to save his job and the perks. What about Savendra Silva?

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    SL is world’s 10th nuclear weapons state.

    A top secret nuclear weapons storage facility is maintained in Jaffna under the northern command. The second facility is in Iranavila. Journalists who revealed these keep disappearing.

    SL government denies it has nuclear weapons.

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    Friday forum is out of mind and just plain stupid.

    Will any of the Nations has Nuclear capability will give it up ?

    How successful is the PUGWASH conference Scientists nuclear disarming the world ?

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    Why some of the prominent names that usually appear below the signature are not there.

    Is there any split in the Friday Forum?

    It is highly unlikely. The issue is non-controversial and the Friday Forum would not have issued the statement in such an event!.

    Sincerely I am not promoting any conspiracy theories.

    Only as a well-wisher of the Friday Forum, I expect a clarification

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    Weeliyamuna, Chikera, and Sivalingam are a good representation of the Elite, Anglican and the Vellala alliance, which is the back bone of the Opposition.

    What right do they have to tell the Govt to sign agreements on things which we don’t have or never will.

    And these are the same dudes who want us to bend over to the West and do exactly what they want us to do..

    Can we afford Nuclear Power Plants , WMDs, Laser shooting Satellites. and Neutron spitting Drones.

    Unless they have been signed up by their paymasters and mentors to make sure that our inhabitants are denied protection from their Chinese and Russian friends by getting them to sign on blank forms , like the ones which are now circulating in the rural North.

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