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UN should not meddle in the affairs of a state

world Updated: Sep 27, 2009 20:30 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
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Sri Lanka has made it clear that it would not allow the UN to meddle in its post-conflict affairs.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka said that the international organisation should not interfere in the internal affairs of a state.

He said multilateralism was not about the UN agenda responding only to the demands of a minority of powerful States, but also defending the interest of the powerless majority.

"It is also imperative that the prohibition reflected in the Article 2 (7) of the Charter that the UN should not interfere in the internal affairs of States be respected. The Charter must be our guiding norm since it is the Charter that keeps us together. Non interference in the internal affairs of states must be respected at all times," Wickramanayaka said.

The relation between the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime in Sri Lanka and the UN has been strained since the war with the LTTE ended in May.

The government recently expelled an official of UNESCO, stating that he had been making statements biased towards the LTTE.

The government had also strongly objected to the use of the phrase "bloodbath" by an UN spokesperson while describing civilian casualties during the last phase of the war.

The Lankan PM also said reforms of the United Nations and the UN Security Council must be a high priority. The Sri Lankan delegation, he said, believes that the objective of the reform process should be to strengthen multilateralism and to promote greater democracy, transparency, effectiveness and accountability within a more democratic United Nations system. He added that in tandem measures need to be taken to pursue the four pillars that are fundamental to the future as enunciated by President Barak Obama.

Agencies reported that speaking in Sinhalese in the presence of Obama, the PM noted that much of the funding the LTTE had received came from overseas through a complex range of criminal activities, amongst them, drug and human trafficking, arms procurement and illicit trade.