Lanka agree on Asian UN chief
By Asif Fuard
Sri Lanka and China agreed yesterday that the next
UN general secretary should be from Asia -- but there was no pledge
of support for Sri Lanka's candidacy from the visiting Chinese Premier.
joint communique issued at the end of Premier Wen Jiabao's two-day
visit to Sri Lanka said that the two countries had agreed that on
the expiry of the term of the current secretary general of the UN,
the next secretary general should be from the Asian region, respecting
the principle of geographic rotation.
Chinese premier's visit ended last evening with Beijing agreeing
to grant Rs. 600 million to rebuild the tsunami-affected fisheries
harbours. Six agreements and memorandums of understanding were signed
between the two countries during the Premier's visit.
included trade relationship development, economic and trade co-operation,
ties in agriculture and assistance for the Hambantota bunkering
system and tank farm project between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority
and China Haunqiu Contracting and Engineering Corporation.
also agreed to set up a special export-processing zone in Sri Lanka
exclusively for Chinese enterprises. During the Chinese delegation's
short stay Sri Lanka reaffirmed that the Government of China was
the sole legal Government representing China, and that Taiwan was
an inalienable part of Chinese territory.
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing left
to New Delhi after the inauguration of the ceremonial opening of
the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies. A plaque renaming
the BMICH as the Sri Lanka-China Friendship Centre was also unveiled
during the ceremony to strengthen international ties.
Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar
reminded the the gathering of the Sino-Lanka ties, specially during
the Bandaranaike era, and how the BMICH was gifted as a token of
friendship. A statue of China's former Prime Ministera Chu En Lai
was also unveiled.