Mr. Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe of Sri Lanka was elected the new President of the General?
Mr. Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe of Sri Lanka was elected the new President of the General Assembly on Tuesday (21 September). He replaces the outgoing President, Gaston Thorn, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
SYNOPSIS: The voting took place during the opening of the General Assembly's annual session. The gathering faced a 125-item agenda and the election of a new President was one of the least controversial of the items to be discussed. The announcement of Mr. Amerasinghe's success in the voting was made by Monsieur Thorn.
After the voting, Mr. Amerasinghe joined M. Thorn and the United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. Mr. Amerasinghe is Sri Lanka's Permanent representative at the U. N. and was the choice of the Asian group of states. Monsieur Thorn angered Arab delegates last year by criticising a resolution equating Zionism with racism. He later explained that he made his comments as the representative of Luxembourg, rather than as Assembly President.
Mr. Amerasinghe spoke to representatives present on his election as President.