VIDEO: New Zealand seeks Sri Lanka’s support in bid for UN seat
President Mahinda Rajapaksa meets New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in New York on Thursday (Sept. 26). Pic by Sudath Silva

VIDEO: New Zealand seeks Sri Lanka’s support in bid for UN seat

September 27, 2013   01:26 pm

New Zealand has sought Sri Lanka’s support in its bid for a seat at the United National Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2015-2016.

During discussions held between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in New York Thursday (26), the latter had requested President Rajapaksa to consider supporting New Zealand for the UNSC seat.

“President Rajapaksa told the Prime Minister that Sri Lanka has not yet decided which country it will support but assured Prime Minister Key that Sri Lanka will consider his request,” the Presidential Spokesman said.

Sri Lanka has already pledged to support Nigeria’s bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan had said recently.

In a cordial conversation, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly currently taking place in New York, the two leaders talked about a number of topics, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 that will take place in Colombo in November.

“We’re looking forward to coming to CHOGM,” Prime Minister Key told President Rajapaksa, also indicating that he was unable to attend CHOGM 2011 in Perth, Australia, and is looking forward to seeing Sri Lanka.

President Rajapaksa invited New Zealand to send representatives to the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) as well; The Prime Minister accepted the invitation and said New Zealand would be able to send representatives to the CBF.

Pointing out that Sri Lanka is a very important market for New Zealand’s dairy sector, Prime Minister Key said that his country has a great deal of technological expertise that it is willing to share to further develop Sri Lanka’s dairy sector, the Presidential Spokesman said in a press release.

President Rajapaksa talked to the Prime Minister about some of Sri Lanka’s post-war developments and the prevailing economic climate with reducing poverty and unemployment rates.

The New Zealand delegation consisted of Foreign Minister Mr. Murray McCully, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations Mr. Jim McLay, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr. Gerard van Bohemen, Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Mr. Wayne Eagleson, Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser Mr. Ben King and Foreign Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser Mr. Billie Moore.

The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Mr. Dullas Alahapperuma and the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona were present at the meeting.

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