Lanka says UNHRC should not be politicized

October 8, 2019


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He said that countries emerging from painful conflicts and renewing their commitment to economic and  social development after the eradication of terrorism, deserve understanding and sympathetic  support  from the international community, not judgmental attitudes buttressed by pressure which erodes the dignity and self-respect of developing nations. Sri Lanka says the developing world has a particular interest in ensuring that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is not politicized.External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris said that such organs of the UN System should not become  instruments  for  giving  effect  to  decisions  made  by  power  blocs  for  political  reasons. He said this during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria Olugbenga Ayodeji  Ashiru, the External Affairs Ministry said. “If  political  and  strategic  alignments, rather  than  recourse  to  an  issue  based  approach,  are  seen  to  determine  voting  patterns,  the  actual  conduct  of  these bodies,  over  time,  will  move  further  and  further  away  from  the  value  system  underpinning  the  Charter  of  the  United  Nations,”  the  Minister  observed.Professor Peiris emphasized that external intervention at a time when domestic procedures are vibrant and moving forward, is entirely counterproductive in terms of achieving results on the ground. read more

Drug trafficking in Afghanistan threatens regions stability UN antidrug chief

October 6, 2019


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“Continuing opium cultivation in Afghanistan threatens peace and security in the region, providing traffickers and terrorists with a major source of income,” Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) in Brussels today.The meeting was held at the Headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which took over security responsibilities in Afghanistan last month. The EAPC was established in 1997 as a multilateral forum for 19 NATO member states and 27 partner countries from Eastern and Central Europe to discuss political and security-related issues, in order to enhance their cooperation.”I would like to encourage NATO forces engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom to help disrupt trafficking routes and illegal drug processing labs, as an integral part of their efforts to create a secure environment for rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan,” Mr. Costa said, reiterating the close relationship between opium trafficking and funding of terrorism. He also stressed the need to further strengthen the security belt around narco-trafficking in and around Afghanistan.Mr. Costa said opium cultivation in Afghanistan remained at approximately the same level this year as in 2002, with the decline in production in some of the traditional opium-growing provinces being counterbalanced by the cultivation spreading to some new areas of the country.He presented the Council with findings from his mission to Afghanistan last month, during which he held extensive consultations with top government officials in Kabul, as well as governors, tribal elders and military commanders in the provinces of Badakhshan and Nangarhar.While praising President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan Transitional Authority’s commitment to fighting opium cultivation, Mr. Costa stressed that the country needs greater international assistance in developing its law enforcement capacity and in providing opium-growing farmers alternative means of livelihood. read more