Sri Lanka joins global initiative to combat nuclear terrorism
Over the last two decades, Lanka has advocated
strongly the need to combat terrorism
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has joined the Global Initiative to Combat
The Initiative provides assistance to develop national capacity to
combat nuclear terrorism in a manner consistent with national legal
requirements and international legal instruments such as the Convention
for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, which was signed by
Sri Lanka in 2005, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
“Over the last two decades, Sri Lanka has advocated strongly the need
to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. It has become
party to 11 of the 13 UN Conventions for the suppression of terrorism.
Some of these key conventions are the International Convention for
the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings and the International Convention
for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.
Since 2000, Sri Lanka has served as the Chairman of the UN Ad-Hoc
Committee on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism. It was under
Sri Lanka’s Chairmanship, that the Nuclear Terrorism Convention was
successfully concluded in April 2005. Sri Lanka was also among the first
signatories of the Convention.
Sri Lanka’s joining the Global Initiative, is an expression of its
continuing commitment to support all global efforts to combat the
scourge of terrorism. The Global Initiative provides means for States to
coordinate and collaborate on activities to expand and accelerate their
capacity to combat nuclear terrorism.
Morocco hosted the first meeting of the Initiative from October 30 to
31, 2006, where the Statement of Principles of the Initiative was
adopted. The next meeting of the Initiative will be held in Kazhastan in