Third defence seminar in September – Army Chief
Representatives of over 62 countries will participate in the 3rd
defence seminar organized by the Sri Lanka Army from September 03 – 05
at Galadari Hotel in Colombo on the theme of Post Conflict Sri Lanka –
The first day of the seminar will focus on post conflict
reconstruction, social integration and reconciliation while discussion
on the second day will hinge on regional stability. The third day's
session will lay emphasis on further strengthening regional stability at
a global perspective with analytical approach to the Sri Lankan case
The keynote address will be delivered by Defence and Urban
Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. According to Army
Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya, the Sri Lanka Army will invite
resource personnel from SAARC countries and other parts of the world.
The Army Chief was speaking at the launch of the redesigned website
on the seminar www.defseminar.lk at the Army Headquarters yesterday.
The website gives details of the defence seminar which be held in
September. Lt. Gen Jayasuriya added that foreign delegates can access
the details of the seminar through this website.
The Army Commander said that the Sri Lanka Army organized two defence
seminars successfully in 2011 and 2012 on the themes of Defeating
Terrorism – The Sri Lankan Experience (2011) and Lasting Peace Towards
Stability through 5Rs (2012) with the participation of many foreign
delegates and defence officials.
Representatives of 44 countries participated in the defence seminar
held last year and the exact number of delegates who will participate in
the 2013 defence seminar would be notified when seminar is round the
He said that some of the resource personnel who participated in the
2012 defence seminar will also provide their inputs to the seminar.
Lt. Gen Jayasuriya added that the leader of Janatha Party of India
Subamaniam Swamy will also participate as a resource person of the
The Commander added that the Army has taken steps to invite members
of independent think-tanks in the world to share their experiences and
views among the participants.
“We are in the process of negotiating with the think-tanks of the
world to ensure their participation as resource personnel for the
seminar”, he added.
The Commander added that military officers and other ranks of many
countries have started following courses offered by the Sri Lanka Army.
Many foreign students told me that our method of teaching is based on
experience and they want to learn them too, he said.