Mr. Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe of Sri Lanka was elected the new President of the General?
GV INTERIOR Delegates voting for new General Assembly President in United Nations (3 shots)
SV Gaston Thorn (outgoing President of General Assemble) announcing election of new President, Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe of Sri Lanka
GVs Amerasinghe 42 walks to podium and shakes hands with M Thorn and Kurt Waldheim (UN Secretary-General) (2 shots)
GV Delegates applaud
GV New President speaks
AMERASINGHE: "Prime Minister Thorn, Mr. Secretary-General, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, the principle of equitable geographical rotation of the office of President of the General Assembly and unfailing respect of the entire Assembly for the established convention of accepting the nomination presented by the geographical group concerned, have combined to bring me to the position I occupy today as President of the 31st. session of the General Assembly."
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Background: 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.