has supported the joint Russian-Chinese initiative to prevent the
placing of weapons in outer space, Sri Lankan Permanent Mission in
Geneva said in a statement.
Sergey Lavrov, the
Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on Monday
(February 10) officially submitted a joint Russian-Chinese draft Treaty
on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat
or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects, to the Conference on
conference Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Ambassador and Permanent Representative
of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva said that Sri Lanka was
glad to see Russia resuming its rightful place in world affairs, and to
see China's participation in those efforts; that represented the kind of
balance needed in world affairs.
Following is a summary of the statement made by Ambassador
DAYAN JAYATILLEKA (Sri Lanka) congratulated the Foreign Minister of
Russia for the initiative introduced today, as well as China, who had
collaborated on that draft treaty. That was the kind of constructive
joint work in the cause of peace that Sri Lanka liked to see. It took
two hands to preserve world peace, as was symbolized in the sculpture
inaugurated by the Russian Minister today. Those in the global South had
watched a period, starting in the late 1980s, in which Russia had made
unilateral concessions, on the basis of the communality of the threats
shared by humanity, and on the basis of new thinking. Unfortunately,
that period had not seen a matching response from Russia's partners. One
part of the bloc had died, but the other side had continued in the old
way, seeking hegemony, and attempting to encircle Russia militarily.
They had also seen the recrudescence of the practice of naked invasion
and occupation. In that context, Sri Lanka was glad to see Russia
resuming its rightful place in world affairs. As Asians, Sri Lanka was
also glad to see China's participation in those efforts; that
represented the kind of balance needed in world affairs.
It was Sri Lanka's position that CD/2007/L.1 should be "a" starting
point and "a" basis for future work. Its position could be summed up in
"L.1 plus", and the plus concerned those States that had not yet come on
board. Those States should not be repeatedly labelled a "minority" in
the Conference, in particular when one of those States was the most
populous in the world. Those States should be listened to, and L.1
should be modified and taken to fruition. Sri Lanka could also not see
why a fissile material treaty should take priority over the draft treaty
submitted today. To consider both would impart the necessary balance and
transparency to the Conference's work.
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Date: February 14, 2008 - 4.15 GMT