He said this while delivering the keynote address at the 2022 International Leadership Conference held in Manila, Philippines.
The 2022 International Leadership Summit, jointly organized by the International Parliamentarians for Peace and the Asia-Pacific Region of the World Peace Federation, commenced yesterday (30) in Manila, Philippines.
Former President Maithripala Sirisena delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the conference, which was attended by heads of state and parliamentarians from 28 countries.
Sirisena noted, “The international organization related to economics and peace has theoretically introduced eight pillars that are the basis for peace and sustainable development. Optimum governance, stable business environment, equal distribution of resources, recognition of the rights of all, free flow of information with neighboring countries and regional relations, development of human capital, reduction of fraud, waste and corruption.
It was hoped that the economy would recover following the end of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009. However, the country is now facing a serious economic crisis. We cannot bear the disruption of people's lives caused by the massive political instability that arose from that crisis. There are serious risks in supplying even the basic commodities. As a result of hyperinflation around 6.3 million people are facing food shortages. Sri Lanka is an example of a country in crisis.
We need everyone's cooperation. It is impossible to expect development in a country that is in turmoil. A geopolitical region that is not peaceful will not develop. It will become a no-man's land where a geopolitical war agenda is implemented.”