28 October, 2020

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UN Address: President Rajapaksa Tells The World To Mind Its Own Business

President Mahinda Rajapaksa effectively told the world to mind its own business and accused powerful nations of undue interference in the affairs on developing countries in the guise of being guardians of human rights and security, when he addressed the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday.

There was concern that there was disproportionate emphasis on Sri Lanka, and unequal treatment through the multilateral framework, the President told the world community.

He hailed the recently concluded Northern Provincial Council poll as being a crucially important measure in the context of political empowerment and reconciliation. “It is a matter of legitimate satisfaction to me that this was made possible after the lapse of almost a quarter of a century,” the President said, referring to the Northern elections.

Full text of the speech:

 

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I offer my condolences to the families whose loved ones died as a result of a terrorist attack in a shopping mall in Kenya. Having suffered from many terrorist attacks, for nearly three decades, we Sri Lankans condemn this cowardly act.

Mr. President,

The UN has consistently ensured cooperation between States, and provided a universal platform for discussions on a range of issues, contentious or otherwise. It is imperative that we jealously protect and abide by, the principle of equal treatment of countries, which has been the very basis of this global organization. Be it economic or political issues, equality must form the bedrock of all international interaction.

Reflecting on the work of the UN, matters of a political nature have over-ridden the most basic issues, which affect the under-privileged and marginalized, who dominate world society. The commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) brought a real sense of optimism. The theme for this session is timely, as progress in MDGs could be evaluated with its deadline fast approaching.

Appreciable progress has been made in the MDGs, with the results being uneven among and within countries. According to World Bank projections, by 2015, Sub Saharan Africa and Southern Asia will be home to approximately 40% of the developing world’s population, living in extreme poverty. This only diminishes the sense of our optimism.

It is fitting for the UN system to examine the causes for the failure in improving the lot of the deprived.

In the context of Sri Lanka, my vision has been to distribute the benefits of growth across all segments of the population and prevent inequalities, social exclusion and adverse environmental effects. Socio-economic achievements in my country are the results of people centric government policies.

Mr. President,

Despite contending with one of the most ruthless terrorist groups in the world, the 2004 tsunami and the global food, energy and financial crises, Sri Lanka’s attaining the MDGs is salutary. Statistics speak for themselves. Sri Lanka was ranked 92nd out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index in 2012. Absolute poverty in Sri Lanka declined to 6.5% in 2012 from 15.2%, over a period of five years, surpassing the MDG mid- term target.

The goal of universal primary education will be easily achieved by 2015. The key dividend from this strong educational infrastructure has been a drastic reduction in the unemployment level. Sri Lanka’s accomplishments in healthcare include the infant mortality rate of 9.4 per 1000 live births, highlighted by UNICEF as a success story.

The early recognition of the crucial role women play in political and socio-economic development amply warrants Sri Lanka’s sense of pride with the world has first elected woman Prime Minister, the late Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Sri Lanka has been rated 16th in the world Gender Parity Index.

Mr. President,

Sri Lanka has mainstreamed youth in its post 2015-development agenda, and is at the forefront of advocating internationally the interests of youth. Sri Lanka will be hosting the Commonwealth Youth Forum 2013, this November and the UN World Conference on Youth in May 2014.

I take this opportunity to extend an invitation to you all to join in celebrating youth at the World Conference. I also call upon the United Nations to declare an International Skills day as recognition of skills development of youth, paving the way for reduced poverty. An innovative development has been the establishment of a Youth Parliament to sharpen the awareness of democracy and skills of the new generation and prepare them to assume leadership.

It is of the foremost importance that Member states decide individually the means for achieving these MDGs. The unique socio-cultural practices and traditions of countries should be taken into account when designing these processes.

Mr. President,

The post 2015 Development Agenda needs to be an intergovernmental process, in line with the outcomes and agreed principles of Rio + 20. Centuries of growth in advanced economies have left little carbon space for the developing world, challenging their growth. The thin lines of balancing economic development and protection of the environment will remain a great challenge, in future development policy setting. It is therefore critical that developed countries honor their commitments and compensate damage to the environment, based on common but differentiated responsibilities.

Eradication of poverty must be the primary goal of the post 2015 Development Agenda, and promote accelerated economic growth in developing countries. Ensuring sustainable growth with social equity, demands a balanced approach towards development. High rates of investment, strengthening the quality of human capital, and technology transfers are crucial for sustainable growth.

Mr. President,

The mechanisms on financing and technology mandated by Rio + 20, need to be urgently implemented. The sustainable development financing strategy in its formulation, must seek to provide for enhanced predictable financial support to developing countries. Sri Lanka supports the establishment of a Technology Facilitation Mechanism under the UN, recommended in the UNSG’s report. The mighty advocates of the rights based approaches, should also honor their international commitments relating to development financing.

Calls for reforms in the current international financial institutions continue to be relevant. Their ad-hoc policies prove to be untenable in the long run. It is imperative for the international monetary and financial institutions, to give expression to the solid voice of the developing world. Also, those countries that are economically blessed must shed their practices of leveraging through these institutions. A comprehensive structural reform of the existing imperfect global economic order needs to be fully addressed to reflect current realities.

The world is in need of a fair international economic system to revitalize partnerships for development. This includes State and non-State actors and blue-chip companies, emerging as new partners. Moreover, South-South Cooperation is crucial due to the shift in economic power, which should be actively promoted to complement North-South Cooperation.

Mr. President,

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 guardians of human rights. Therefore, we continue to witness agitations the world over, leading to violence and forcing political change accompanied by turmoil.

It is timely to contemplate 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. Does this not erode the authority of the Security Council because of unilateral or group actions?

This trend needs to be arrested, as it has now extended into areas, detrimental to the well-being of populations. This turmoil results from attempts to impose a type of democracy, upon countries with significantly different cultures, values and history. The world needs no policing by a few States, particularly when the UN is mandated to ensure international security, through multi-lateral engagement. This engagement, to be complete in our time must ensure protection of the human race against the flagrant abuse of modern science in such forms as nuclear and chemical weapons.

Mr. President,

Deepening uncertainties in the Middle East are disturbing. We wait for Palestine and Israel to co-exist on the basis of pre – 1967 borders. Sri Lanka looks forward to welcoming Palestine as a full member of the UN.

We salute the people of Africa in their efforts to achieve better living conditions and economic prosperity. Sri Lanka continues to demonstrate solidarity with the African people, in their pursuit of further socio-economic growth.

Mr. President,

Unilateral measures such as embargoes and economic sanctions, imposed on countries are disturbing. Such initiatives bring suffering not only to those specifically targeted but also to a wide range of humanity without any justification. Yet again, I stand in support of the people of Cuba in overcoming economic hardships and full access to economic opportunity.

Mr. President,

Permit me to consider briefly the post-conflict developments in my own country. I am proud that Sri Lanka has eradicated separatist terrorism, spanning three decades, and is in the process of addressing the issues of development and reconciliation. Sri Lanka’s government, at all times responsive to the priorities reflected in public opinion, is engaged in all measures required for meaningful progress in these fields.

A significant event in this regard is the opportunity, which the people of the Northern Province enjoyed at the elections, held three days ago, to elect their representatives in the Provincial Council. It is a matter of legitimate satisfaction to me that this was made possible after the lapse of almost a quarter of a century. There can be no doubt regarding the crucial importance of this measure in the context of political empowerment and reconciliation. It is clearly the responsibility of the international community to assist with these efforts and to ensure their success for the benefit of all the people of Sri Lanka.

Mr. President,

In spite of the visible progress made, and consistent engagement with UN mechanisms, many countries are surprised at the disproportionate emphasis on Sri Lanka, and the unequal treatment through the multi-lateral framework. The basis for this relentless pursuit is also questioned. 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.

By nature, human beings have the capacity to achieve the most challenging and noble goals in life, through strong commitment and dedication. I am confident that, by our own collective efforts these results would prove to be beneficial to all humanity. As Buddha, the Enlightened One said,

“Atta hi attano natho”

“Oneself is one’s own benefactor”

Let these timeless words of wisdom guide the destiny of the world.

May the Noble Triple Gem Bless you all.

තෙරුවන් සරණයි

Thank you.

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    Blooldy useless and uncivilised speach at UN by a head of state, the world is like one family if SL president wants not inteference of other countries SL has to stop begging and geting help from countries.
    If USA, UK and India not watch the action of SL Governmemt, things became worste in SLS due to racism,descrimination and no freedom of wrinting and speaches. One example within last 2 years over 50 religious placses were attacked and Christians and Muslims are under sevior pressure, SL needed non intereference it is big joke.

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    The Hon. President Mahinda Rajapaksha defeated the bloody LTTE in style with all the support to the Forces and the police services. No one could argue on this. Now its time to build the country in the proper way by listening to the people of Sri Lanka giving the freedom of speech, maintaining LAW AND ORDER at all times without building up a family/frIends domination including gaining wealth from CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS HARMING OUR ECONOMY. WE CANNOT LIVE LIKE BEGGERS ANYMORE AS WE HAVE THE POTNTIAL TO STAND UP ON OUR OWN EFFORTS. We need to fight against corruption and illegal activities of anyone harming the peaceful atmosphere within the country. We need to look after our own poor people suffering day to day without thinking of YOUR own comforts and enjoyment as we hear that things are being done at its extremes. If the hon. president concentrate on these aspects, I am sure he will be our president for a long time. DEAR PRESIDENT, PLEASE LIVE AND LET LIVE.

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    He actually told the Western Bloc to ‘mind it’s own business’ and not the world. It is only the West that is gunning for the Rajapkses..he knows he can safely say it without too many adverse repercussions…I am no friend of the Rajapakses but see how they handle this and come out on top.

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    MR has mastered Teleprompter. This time, those who watch him might think he has a great memory! Only we know how he speaks two sentences on his own!!!!

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    How the President concluded his speech is curious. His statement: ““Atta hi attano natho”
    “Oneself is one’s own benefactor” Let these timeless words of wisdom guide the destiny of the world.”
    To those who know Pali “Atta hi attano natho” (“You are not even to yourself” or in Sinhala “Thamanta Thamanwath netha”) It is quite opposite to what is stated in English here “Oneself is one’s own benefactor” That is not the real meaning. That is the Sinhala idiom “Thama Hisata Thama Sevanellai” If that is what he meant, that is to say we do not want you (UN)or we can take care of ourselves without you (UN). If that is what he wanted to convey ‘as that our destination is without UN’, then why did he go there with a large contingent using peoples money to say that. Our Permanent Representative in UN could have easily done it without spending any extra public funds. This is what happens when uneducated uncultured people try to be too smart trying to show they are well versed. As Sunil Perera says it is really “Pissu Bana”, misquoting the Buddha.

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      Well said…..

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      Mr. Pundith, THIS MAN IS BORN TO BE RHYTHLESS.
      Presentation to the UN ASSEMBLY is just to paint the good picture only.

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      This is what happens when voters vote for village, Godaya thugs.

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      Well said G. Pandith.

      Yes the Hambanthota Crook As…s Hol….e is becoming a Pain, a wound a burden and an eye sore to both Sri Lankan and International community.

      If not for UN pressure and vigilance, this crook Saradiel would have screwed Sri Lanka and it’s people long time ago, and now he is calling them not to interfere in Sri Lanka’s affairs.

      The whole world knows how the crook won all the elections and suppressed all media, police, all armed forces, press and media personnel, Judiciary, election commission, opposition party members and opposition Businessmen, while inserting over 3000 family and Party goons who are unfit and unqualified to all top Govt. and state Positions.

      Yes, the crook wants to do business with China alone while getting mega commissions from them while deprive Sri Lankans doing business with the West.

      It’s time to kick out the Blood sucking Moth…r Fuc…g leech for good before he ruin our country further taking it to another Somalia.

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    I was expecting him to thunder “We will not remove the Buddhist Flag or DS Senanaykae Statue form independence Sq as demanded by the UN”

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      RajasH for him to thunder for removing DS statue or the flag, how can he when there is nothing said by Navi pillai in the first place. This Bus Conductor without the ticket machine, his speech at the UN is all fart without any shit.

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    Mr. President:

    I value your comments as regards the observations you made in relation to the “Assumed Policing Authority” self imposed on them by the militarily and economic powerful nations. All the countries have to realize this fact and rally against such moves. It would have been far batter if you have given example from our own experiences in the past. You are quite aware of the “parippu droppings” by the Indian Government and how they “twisted” the arms of the then Government of JRJ and forced under threat to sing the Indo Sri Lanka Agreement in 1987 in terms of which we have come to inherit the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.The Indian Government forced it on us rather than allowing the space and the democratic process of developing our own system of a Local Government agreed upon by the multiple communities of the island. This they did to meet the demands of the LTTE and the very “Architect” of the agreement was brutally assassinated by them.

    You said “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 agenda”. Well said. This is what the very man Ban Kee Moon the Secretary General did when he selected a few of the questionable people to prepare the “Darusman” report. You should have very courageously referred to that report as an example. It was a report prepared even without a “Single Visit” to the country they were investigating. We know the background of the “people appointed” for that task and what more to talk about it.

    In conclusion you said: “Atta hi attano natho” meaning “Onself is one’s own benefactor”. Yes….Yes we know about that. You and your team of “GOONS” are a good example. With what is going on in your day to day “Governance” don’t you think that the world will be having a hearty laugh at you. In future, until such time you put your house in order, I implore you to refrain from quoting from the DHAMMA preached by the most enlightened Lord Buddha.

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    there is no policing in Sri Lanka.so he thinks there is no need of policing Sri Lanka either.

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    MR has forgotten that Sri Lanka being a member of the UN, has also accepted the provisions of the UN Charter, especially the provisions under Chapter 6. Is should abide by the provisions.

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    Well said MARA. Leave Sri Lankan alone and mind your Owe business Mr. President.

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    The President is living in cuckooland. the world has moved on and the UN has issued a Charter which is binding on all states. State sovereignty is diluted and the UN’s role in monitoring the human rights situation in States is not debatable. His Advisers are misleading the President. He should himself read the UN Charter and the various declarations of the UN.

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    This lump of shit is getting scared and trying to lecture to the world. The arsehole does not know what democracy or human rights are and is the biggest abuser, extremist and exploiter of citizens rights. His brother is well known for getting dissenters killed in sri lanka. what a liar and what a shame that SL has criminals ruling the country.

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    Really Mahinda? Wouldn’t that principle apply when you with Vasudeva went to Geneva to expose the then Governments human rights violations? You don’t like the West when it exposes your dirty deeds, is it? don’t have double standards please.

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      Well said Randy,

      Mara trying to play comedy with International community.

      The coward who got help from over 30 countries to destroy VP, now trying to show off his “Cardboard Sando” Super man style to them after imprisoning Gen. Sarath Fonseka who liberated our country and who won the LTTE war.

      Yes Mind your own Business to International community until the next Tsunami Jack pot and Air “Parippu” Dhal Drop to Araliya Gaha Bedroom.

      The real Hambanthota comedy show started long time ago with Tsunami Jack Pot and bribing VP to win Presidential elections.

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    You need a terrorist put terror into another terrorist. Best terrorist comes out trump. Paraballa drinking salt water in the lagoon; other crowned as the King who made Paraballa hit the dirt. We don’t care how it was done. They are all of the same feather.

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    Still some of the LTTE basterds cannot belive tgey have no place in Srilanka….they only talk bcos they live out of SL….cry you MF’s you are loosers….

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