SL committed to working closely with the UN
Welcoming the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and the commitment to continue working closely with the United Nations, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera underlined the importance of the message Secretary General for a Joint New Year Resolution ", for the world community as a whole and in Sri Lanka. Samaraweera the Minister highlighted the commitment of the Government of National Unity of Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to advance the Camino process of reconciliation and a lasting peace. Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002) and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015), was sworn in On 12 December, following the Assembly's tribute to the outgoing Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, who is descending after the world's first organization over the past 10 years in his first official message, the Secretary-General launched a global appeal for peace In 2017. "Everything we strive to be a family of human dignity and hope, progress and prosperity depends on peace. But peace depends on us. I ask you to join me in committing to peace today and every day. Let's make a peace 2017. "Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Una McCauley said," The issue of peace is particularly relevant given that Sri Lanka is in a unique position To forge a long-term sustainable path of peace. At the dawn of the new year, the United Nations remains committed to supporting the people of Sri Lanka on the path to peace and reconciliation. " Full text of the Secretary-General's message "On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have a question on my heart. How can we help the millions of people trapped in conflict, suffering massively in endless wars in sight? Civilians are beaten with deadly force. Women, children and men are killed and wounded, forced to leave their homes, dispossessed and destitute. Even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted. No one wins these wars; Everyone loses trillions of dollars are spent destroying societies and economies, which feeds cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations. Entire regions and the new threat of global terrorism touches us all are destabilized. On the day of this new year, I ask all of you to join me in making a common New Year's resolution: Let's make peace first. Let's make 2017, a year in which everyone - citizens, government leaders - strive to overcome our differences. Solidarity and compassion in our daily lives in dialogue and respect between political divisions ... ceasefire on the battlefield, commitment to the negotiating table to reach political solutions ... peace Must be our goal and guide. All that we strive to be a human family - dignity and hope, progress and prosperity - depends on peace. But peace depends on us. I ask you to join me in committing to peace today and every day. Let's make 2017, a year at peace. Thank you.