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Sri Lankan Foreign Minister’s Lies to UNGA, New York, 1 October 2012

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister’s Lies to UNGA, New York, 1 October 2012

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Sri Lankan Foreign
Minister’s
Nonsense and Lies to UNGA, New York, 1 October 2012Address to the General Debate of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Hon.Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, 1 October2012, http://www.slmission.com/statements/unga-statements/18-statements-by-heads-of-delegation-of-sri-lanka/689-unga-2012-statement.html 1.
‘’
Sri Lanka believes that in the settlement of international disputes, action must be based on thefundamental principle of sovereign equality of states, a principle firmly enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. The noticeable recent tendency to selectively and arbitrarily intervene in theinternal affairs of states flies in the face of this principle and dilutes the confidence so carefully
nurtured in the UN system’’:
 The world has been changing a great deal in the six plus decades since the initial formulation of UNCharter and many clauses have been added as necessity arose. As some states have been failing toprotect sections of their own citizenry and it became necessary for the rest of the world to protectthem. Thus R2P evolved. The ethnic minorities in Sri Lanka have been oppressed for 64+ years andtheir socio-economic-environmental fabric has been destroyed to a very dangerous level:
‘’
There is a need for the decentralization, devolution and sharing of power amongst independentinstitutions that will ensure a check and balance on central power within the framework of a unitedand law-abiding country in which international standards are met. While current indications are thatsuch political reform is a distant prospect, the pressure for reform by the international communityand by national political parties and civil socie
ty must continue’’ –
National Peace Council of SriLanka, 17 September 2012How long should anyone wait for justice from their own government, dear Minister?Then how can Palestine have UN interference:
‘’
Sri Lanka fully supports the implementation of all relevant UN Resolutions on Palestine.
’’
 2.
‘’
Since the end of the conflict in 2009, the areas formerly controlled by the terrorists, the NorthernProvince, rec
orded a 27% GDP growth in 2011’’:
 National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, 14 November 2011: ''When the war ended in May 2009, it wasthe worst that was ove
r, but the ethnic conflict that spans more than five decades is not yet over.’’
 
‘’Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris has been economical with truth further reinforcing the hallmark of thepresent regime’’
- Political Spin Of The Economic Growth In The North, 27 May 2012,http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/05/27/political-spin-of-the-economic-growth-in-the-north/ 3
.’’
The exponential boom in agriculture and fisheries has contribut
ed substantially to this result’’:
 
‘’This paper argues that, rather than opening new avenues towards ethnic reconciliation, the
governments post-wardevelopment strategy has led to an increased asymmetry in the distributionof the benefits of economic growth between ethnic communities. Whilst, the Northern fishingcommunities havereceived a certain amount of technical and resource assistance, the governmenthas failed toadequately address the vast (economic, educational and technological) disparities that
 
existbetween Northern fishing communities and their competitors from the Southern provincesandSouth India. This has resulted in the (actual and/or perceived) reinforcement and reproductionof existing social hierarchies and power relation as well as the emergence of new forms of suppression
and inequality’’ –
Fishing in Turbulent Waters, Working Paper No: 02, August 2012, InternationalCentre for Ethnic Studies, http://www.scribd.com/doc/104161002/Fishing-in-Turbulent-Waters-BY-Sumith-Chaaminda A very large tract of farming land is under High Security Zone and the occupation army refuses toobey supreme court orders to vacate certain high security zones but employs Sinhalese to growvegetables and fruits and sells in the market:http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=33784There have been restrictions on fishing by Tamils on the number of days and the number of hoursand the distance they can go out into the sea. Some Tamils have been pushed inland to make wayfor Sinhalese fishermen from the South with army camp for protection:http://www.france24.com/en/20100204-reporters-sri-lanka-tamil-tigers-civil-war-refugees-civilians-return-army-probation) 4
.’’
 
Sri Lanka’s balanced so
cio-economic policy strategies propelled us to middle-income statu
s’’:
 There has been economic oppression from the time of independence (several submissions to LLRC)leading to deterioration of socio-economic conditions in the North and the East (Economy of theConflict Region in Sri Lanka: From embargo to repression, Muttukrishna Sarvananthan(2007)In a recent nutritional survey in the north, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that morethan 19,000 children under the age of five were suffering acute
malnutrition’’
- SRI LANKA: Focus onfood insecurity in Jaffna, 9 July 2012, http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95828/SRI-LANKA-Focus-on-food-insecurity-in-Jaffna 
‘’The latest WFP assessment found that half the households in the Northern Province lived on less
than $1 a day. However, the World Bank reclassified Sri Lanka in late 2010 as a middle-incomecountry and some analysts blame this for the funding shortfall. "People ask why they should help amiddle-income country; what they fail to see is that there are large pockets of poverty here,"
Krummacher said’’
- SRI LANKA: Northern development faces $200m shortfall, 5 October 2011,http://www.irinnews.org/printreport.aspx?reportid=938925
.’’
The success in achieving sustainable development worldwide depends on the sustainabledevelopment measures of individual countries
….
I wish to mention that Sri Lanka employs a uniquedevelopment strategy that empowers citizens, with special attention to social development needs
’’:
 The government refuses to hold elections for the Northern Province Council (all the other provinceshave their elected Councils)but formed a Presidential Task Force for Economic Development of Northern Province
. This Task Force doesn’t contain a single Tamil but 18 Sinhalese and a Muslim and
is operated from Colombo:
‘’
Those who seek to do developmental work in the north point out that they have to travel all theway to Colombo, sometimes on several occasions, to get the necessary approval for work to be donein the north.
….
The irony of these situations is that the government is not providing the money for

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