Sri Lankan President returns home following UN visit

Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to the country this morning following a successful visit to New York to attend the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the government media unit said.

The President addressed the 66th Assembly on Friday (23) at the UN Headquarters in New York and delivered a strong message that Sri Lanka has been treated with ‘approaches tainted by an unacceptable degree of selectivity’ and asked the developing world to monitor and resist such treatment.

During his address, the President emphasized the need to allow Sri Lanka the time and space to seek its own solution according to the wishes of its people as it is clearly impractical to conceive of universal remedies for problems which afflict Sri Lanka.

The President told the Assembly that every country has its own values and traditions, and deeply held religious convictions nurtured over the centuries and they cannot be disregarded.

The President met several world leaders on the sidelines of the sessions during his visit and held bilateral discussions.

Among the heads of state he met were India’s Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, His Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, Nepalese Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and President of Kyrgyzstan Ms. Roza Otunbayeva.

President Rajapaksa on Saturday met with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and apprised the UN Chief of the progress in Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation process and the development in the North and East.

He also met the former US President Bill Clinton and attended the Clinton Global Initiative 2011 Annual Meeting in New York on September 20.

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