Sri Lankan president calls for UN reform, XINHUA
Tue September 21, 2004 14:58 EDT .
- - UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarantunga said Tuesday Sri Lanka - wishes for reform of the United Nations so that the world body would become more effective in safeguarding world peace and promoting development. She said her government regards the UN and its potential as the principal forum where the voice of the poor, the defenseless and the weak is also heard as much as the voice of the rich and powerful.
We recognize therefore, the need for reform to render the United Nations more responsive to the needs and aspirations of all of its member States. She noted that there is general agreement that the Security Council does not reflect current geopolitical realities and called for comprehensive reforms that do not confine to the question of enlargement of the Security Council alone.
While expressing disappointment over the lack of progress in the reform of Security Council, she said that most member states, particularly the developing ones, have called for adequate representation of developing countries. She singled out Asia and Africa as regions that are grossly under-represented in the present Council. She expressed Sri Lanka - 's support for aspiring countries, Brazil, Germany, India and Japan in their efforts for candidacy for permanent status in an expanded Security Council as each of them complies with one or more of the criteria applicable to the expansion of the Council's permanent membership.
On the situation in Iraq, she expressed deep sadness at the violence, instability, loss of life and human suffering in the country. We in Sri Lanka - know, and have experienced first hand, the impact of violence on society and the difficulty in finding solutions to problems of governance that satisfy all parties, she said. In today's interdependent, increasingly globalized world, she noted, it is very important that the commitment of the international community to remain engaged and ensure that Iraq does not become further plagued by violence and fragmented on ethnic or religious lines.
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Published: Tue Sep 21 15:59:53 EDT 2004