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Last updated: 27 June, 2011 - Published 17:30 GMT
 
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Sri Lanka calls to reform UN
 
President Mahinda Rajapaksha with Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
President Rajapaksa calls to reform UN
Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa called for reforms in the United Nations alongside other international institutions.

Addressing the 50th annual session of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO) in Colombo President Rajapaksa said "we strongly support timely reform of the international financial architecture, with particular reference to revamping of the Bretton Woods institutions”.

“There must also be reform of the United Nations system on the basis of consensus among the international community in respect of all key issues", he said.

 There must also be reform of the United Nations system on the basis of consensus among the international community in respect of all key issues
 
President Rajapaksa

President’s call came within days after the unanimous appointment of Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for another five year term.

The head of United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) has urged the UN to establish an international mechanism to monitor national investigations in Sri Lanka and undertake its own as necessary.

A panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it found "credible allegations" of a wide range of serious violations of international law committed by both the Sri Lanka security forces and Tamil Tigers in the final stages of the conflict.

Golden Jubilee Session

Welcoming the decision by the AALCO to hold its golden jubilee session in Sri Lanka 'at a juncture where the country turned a new page on its history' President Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka will never allow 'terrorism to raise its ugly head’.

He said that Sri Lanka will not bow to “the pressures to obstruct our country’s efforts to heal the wounds of the past and to bring together the entire nation through a process of reconciliation in keeping with the culture and aspirations of our people”.

AALCO was founded in 1956 by Seven Asian States, namely Burma (now Myanmar), Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, and the United Arab Republic (now Arab Republic of Egypt and Syrian Arab Republic).

There are forty-seven countries comprising almost all the major States from Asia and Africa are presently the Members of the Organization.

 
 
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