President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s address to the Asia Society in New York

“Peace requires consensus and joint action by the major political parties” President at NY’s Asia Society

“Peace requires consensus and joint action by the major political parties” President at NY’s Asia Society

Full text of the President’s address;

It is a pleasure to be here at the Asia Society once again. Over the past eleven years as President of Sri Lanka, I have had the occasion to visit New York City, several times.

During these visits, I have also invariably visited your Society and addressed you.

My visits to New York and the United Nations have become inextricably linked to my having to deliver a talk at the Asia Society.

So that now I have begun to think of a visit to New York as a visit to the Asia Society.

I also take great personal pleasure in getting an opportunity to brief the distinguished members and guests here about the situation in Sri Lanka, and to reflect on the challenges Sri Lanka faces in achieving peace and development, and consolidating democracy.

Speaking before a distinguished and learned audience such as you is also a ch