Common platform to counter terrorism
Anti-terror parley from today:
The International Conference on Counter Terrorism which will commence
today at the BMICH, would pave the way in forming a common agenda to
overcome the threat of terrorism globally, with the forum providing a
much needed platform for experts to share their experiences, Foreign
Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said yesterday.
The conference themed Terrorism:A challenge to Democratically Elected
Governments, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in
collaboration with the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, would deliberate
on matters pertaining to issues of terrorism. Delegates representing 23
countries will participate.
The three day confab will include thematic sessions focusing on
international and regional responses to terrorism, the domestic
dimension of terrorism, terrorist fund raising, socio-economic costs of
terrorism, the role of the media and civil society along with the
prospects for transformation of terrorists.
The Foreign Minister speaking to the media yesterday emphasised the
need to eradicate the scourge of terrorism in all its manifestations and
noted that the forum could act as a catalyst in reaching the desired
goals in this regard.
The Minister highlighted the need to bring amendments in legislature
to counter terrorism the world over and also the necessity to form a
common agenda on maritime traffic to prevent terrorists from abusing
these loop holes.
The Minister also noted that the confab would provide an ideal
platform for key personnel to evolve viable domestic agendas, thus
helping to curb terrorism globally with better interaction between
Foreign Minister Bogollagama is to deliver the inaugural address with
Dr.Gerard Chaliand who served as the Director of European centre for the
Study of Conflicts in France delivering the key note address with the
special guest of honour being the French investigating Magistrate on
counter-terrorism affairs, Judge Jean Louis Bruguire.
The other principle speakers at the event would be former commander
of the Indian Army Gen.V.P.Malik, Dr.Rohan Gunerathne Head of
International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism
Research-Singapore, David Leppan-founder and CEO World-Check, Shanaka
Jayasekera-Researcher Macqiure University (Australia), Dr. Saman
Kelegama-Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Shyam Tekwani-Asst.
Nanyang University (Singapore) and the leader of TULF V. Anandasangaree.
A conclusion panel discussion is to be chaired by Foreign Secretary Dr.
Delegates from 23 countries will attend including Australia, China,
France, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa and the US.