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President to announce a set of new proposals to UNHCR

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President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, he will announce a set of new proposals for consideration at the March 2019 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR).

He added that he will also submit these proposals to the United nations Secretary General António Guterres as well as Un High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

President Sirisena made these observations addressing the Media Heads, newspaper editors and Heads of audio visual media institutions at the President's House in Colombo on Friday, September 14.

He further stated that the proposals aimed at solving issues and provide relief without causing harm to the pride of the security forces and safeguard independence, sovereignty and national security. These proposals would facilitate harmonious solutions to remaining issues with regard to the alleged acts of both sides during the conflict.
The President said that although a section of the media level baseless allegations that the government was placing national security in danger by reducing the military strength, the government has taken every possible step to ensure national security. He pointed out the biggest budget allocation of Rs 230 billion is for the defence and the forces have been provided with every requirement from modern weapons to aircraft and ships.

He pointed out there is a positive recognition for the Sri lankan armed forces internationally as a disciplined army and that is evident from the fact that United Nations Peace Keeping recruit increased number of army personnel from Sri Lanka.

 

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