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Thursday, July 26 , 2012 - 5.45 GMT
UN system must be guided by objective criteria –newly appointed SL envoy in Geneva


The UN system and member states, including the Human Rights Council, must follow due process and be guided by objective criteria in assessing developments in Sri Lanka, Ambassador Ravinatha Ariyasinha said.

Ambassador Ravinatha Ariyasinha, who presented credentials as new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva last week has urged the UN not to allow overseas-based rump elements of the defeated terrorist LTTE and some Tamil diaspora groups to hijack multilateral processes to serve their narrow agendas.

He has affirmed Sri Lanka's deep commitment to the UN multilateral system and expressed his firm intention to undertake a multi-faceted dialogue with the UN and its mechanisms in Geneva.

Sri Lanka's experience in fields such as disarmament and intellectual property and the humanitarian affairs could provide useful insights to the UN mechanisms, the Ambassador has noted.

"As Sri Lanka was committed to the respectful engagement with the UN system, reciprocally there was also need on the part of all of Sri Lanka's interlocutors to appreciate the difficult tasks that had been achieved by the government over the past three years since the defeating of LTTE terrorism," he has said.

Welcoming Ambassador Ariyasinha, Director General of UN office in Geneva, Jomart Tokayevhas said that Sri Lanka has a long standing relationship with the UN, and had over the years played an important role engaging with the UN's many institutions and mechanisms.


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