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Sri Lanka seeks collective action

2014 Dec 01

Sri Lanka today called for collective action to fight human smuggling as a two day conference began in Galle with the participation of officials and diplomats from several countries.

External Affairs Minister, Professor G.L Peiris, speaking at the Galle Dialogue, noted the role played by the Navy to fight human smuggling.

He also said that there was a direct nexus between terrorism and piracy and this was evident during the war in Sri Lanka where the LTTE hijacked several ships.

The Minister, in his speech, also said that no country can train and finance terrorists in an attempt to use the terrorists to achieve their political goals.

Professor G.L Peiris also noted the pressure Sri Lanka faces from the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka’s human rights issue.

He recalled that every six months Sri Lanka is forced to use its time, money and resources to counter the allegations at the council.

This year’s Galle Dialogue explores the ways and means to synergize the efforts of Cooperation and Collaboration to achieve Maritime Prosperity. The Dialogue envisages the exchange of different perspective on how nations perceive their standing and position in fulfilling security, scientific, academic and technical aspirations in a domain that unites nations for common interests.

The Galle Dialogue will focus primarily on Cooperation and Collaboration beyond maritime security in reaping maritime benefits for prosperity. (Colombo Gazette)

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