- Published on Friday, 13 September 2013 16:06
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The Sri Lankan security forces ensured the stability of the neighboring countries and the safety of sea lanes across the Indian Ocean by uprooting the ruthless tiger terrorists from the soil of Sri Lanka. If it was not for this heroic act there would have been continuing turbulence and turmoil in the region today extending to as far as Gulf countries.
This was stated by the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris addressing the Ministerial Segment of the Third High Level Public - Private Counter Piracy Conference held in Dubai, in which representatives from 52 countries participated.
The Minister pointed out that not a single act of terrorist violence had taken place in Sri Lanka since the defeat of tiger terrorists four years ago. He said that it is this state of established peace and stability that equips Sri Lanka to play a major role in counter piracy initiatives in the Indian Ocean, used by more than a third of the total number of ships transporting oil to serve the world economy.
The Minister also explained about the role being played by the Sri Lanka Navy for curtailing people smuggling and other illicit activities linked to narcotics trade, money laundering, proliferation of weapons, visa frauds and other enterprises which endanger both the security and the economy of the states in the region.
The Minister told the gathering that Sri Lanka has the legal expertise to assist in filling the gaps which clearly exist in the current mechanisms of international law and practice with regard to effective action against piracy. He recalled the service rendered to the development of relevant aspects of international law by distinguished Sri Lankan personalities including the late Ambassador Shirley Amerasinghe, who served as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, and Judge Christie Weeramantry, who graced the International Court of Justice as its Vice President.(niz)