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Last updated: 27 February, 2006 - Published 17:36 GMT
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UN candidate to press for reforms
Jayantha Dhanapala
Dhanapala to support reforms in the United Nations
Sri Lankan candidate for the top UN post says he would press for reforms if selected to replace United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

Jayantha Dhanapala, a former Under-Secretary General on Disarmament Affairs, said a number of countries have already proposed to increase the number of permanent members of the Security Council.

The United Nations would politically involve solving Sri Lanka’s national question, if invited by the government, he added.

The government of Sri Lanka on Tuesday kicked off the official campaign by launching a campaign website for the candidacy of Dhanapala.

“For all countries especially to countries like Sri Lanka, a world without a UN would be a dangerous place,” Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told journalists.

However, the minister said, it would be naïve not to point out mistakes and wrongdoings of the world body.

The United Nations is to elect the next head later this year as Kofi Annan finishes his two terms in December 2006.

“We in Sri Lanka are in deed proud and honoured to present Jayantha Dhanapala for the post of the Secretary General of the UN,” Samaraweera said.

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