Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L.Peiris stated that countries emerging from conflicts committed towards economic and social development deserve understanding and support from the international community, not judgmental attitudes which erodes the dignity and self-respect of developing nations.
He made these comments at his meeting with Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Olugbenga Ashiru, in the Nigerian capital, Abuja yesterday.
The two Ministers said that they are looking forward to the establishment of resident Missions in their respective capitals shortly.
Minister G L Peiris observed that the developing world has a particular interest in ensuring that organs of the United Nations system, such as the Human Rights Council, are not politicized.
If these bodies are to retain their practical relevance and usefulness in the modern world, there is the compelling need to preserve the culture that enables member States to formulate their opinions and to vote on the merits of a specific matter without undue pressure from powerful countries.
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.
The Minister also stated that it is important, to recognize the distinction between co-operation and imposition.