Peacekeeping is not peace enforcement: Dr.Kohona
The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona speaking at the debate on the question of peacekeeping operations and all its aspects at the UN General Assembly, is reported to have said that peacekeeping was a clear example of the success of  the UN’s successful multilateralism and the consensus of parties, Impartiality and neutrality remained indispensable ground rules, even in the context of today's multidimensional and robust peacekeeping.

Dr. Kohona said “The amount of political support that missions could harness from stakeholders would largely depend on how these principles were put into practice, and could determine the effectiveness, legitimacy, and credibility of peacekeeping,”

During the debate Sri Lanka pledged its support to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) which was created by the United Nations on March 19, 1978, to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security, and help the government of Lebanon restore its effective authority in the area.

According to the UN website Dr. Kohona also said the Sri Lankan Navy, which had "hands on" experience in defeating terrorism at sea, would lend support to United Nations peacekeepers on matters of maritime security.