President returns to the island after participating at the 69th UN General assembly


President Mahinda Rajapakse returned to the island this morning after participating at the 69th UN General Assembly held in New York.

Pointing out that the role of the United Nations in advancing international peace, security and prosperity is crucial in the contemporary world, President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on the member states to depoliticize the current system in order to enhance credibility of the world body.

Addressing the 69the General Assembly of the UN on Wednesday President said in order to gain the confidence and goodwill of the international community as a whole, one of the essential requirements is consistency of standards across the board without any perception of selectivity or discrimination.

He charged that some member states use human rights as a tool to implement motivated agendas with no understanding or appreciation of the complexity of issues in the countries concerned and stressed that human rights should be recognized by all as a moral and ethical concept rather than as a political tool.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met for talks at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City yesterday.

Congratulating President Rajapaksa on his leadership, Ban acknowledged the progress that has been made in Sri Lanka and expressed his optimism that the remaining challenges would also be overcome.

Earlier on President Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral discussions and agreed to work towards further strengthening relations between the two countries.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has commended Sri Lanka for the successful implementation of the LLRC recommendations and the country's ability to maintain a remarkable economic growth.

The two leaders held a cordial discussion and caught up on a range of matters of bilateral interest.