UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (APP): Noting that history is marked with
leaders who have sought to consolidate power within themselves, the President of Sri Lanka Wednesday underscored that as leaders come into power, they must yield it to build democratic institutions and safeguard democracies.
“I have established democracy in my country and have taken action to get
rid of political groups which were moving toward autocracy,” President Maithripala Sirisena, noting that since being elected in 2015, he had transferred executive powers to his country’s Parliament.
In his address to the 72nd annual general debate at the United Nations
General Assembly, President Sirisena further said that Sri Lanka had suffered a protracted conflict, lasting over 30 years and having devastating impact on the country’s economy.
Therefore, sustainable development must be a priority for Sri Lanka, he
added, noting that it should also be a global priority.
Stressing the worsening impact of climate change around the world, the
also said that the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change was essential for the future of humanity, and highlighted that Sri Lanka is focused on sustainable agriculture.
He said national reconciliation was important, particularly given the
country’s diverse population.
Sri Lanka wants to create peace and unity and to promote brotherhood
among its people through prosperity, he added, noting: ours is a slow and steady pace.