US notes steps Maithripala said he will take

Ambassador Samantha Power was speaking at a press conference at the UN on the December program of work for the UN Security Council. The United States (US) says it has taken note of the steps President Maithripala Sirisena said he will take to reduce the powers of the Executive President.Ambassador Samantha Power, the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the US Mission to the United Nations, said that it was so completely striking to hear from the President a series of steps that he’s seeking to take to restore the checks and balances that had existed. “I was just in Sri Lanka, in addition to visiting India, and it was so completely striking to hear from the Sri Lankan President a series of steps that he’s seeking to take to shrink his power and to actually restore the checks and balances that had existed. And it was very countercultural, given what is happening in parts of Africa,” she said. For the month of December, the United States is serving as President of the Security Council, a position that rotates every month among the members of the Security Council. The United States will be responsible for setting the agenda for the month, organizing meetings, managing the distribution of information to Council members, issuing statements, and communicating the Council’s actions to the public. (Colombo Gazette)

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