Naval and Maritime Symposium:
Other countries follow our Navy’s footsteps - Minister
The strategies adopted by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) to defeat LTTE
terrorists are being followed by other countries, said External Affairs
Minister Prof G L Peiris.
He was delivering the keynote address at the Naval and Maritime
Symposium organized by the SLN parallel to its 60th Anniversary at the
SLN headquarters, Colombo yesterday.
The theme of the symposium was Sustainable Support for Safety
Security at Sea (S5).
He added that some countries are still wondering how the Navy had
accomplished this task with limited resources. “Those countries are
focusing on this and are following the SLN strategies. Overall
leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s guidance greatly helped wipe out terrorism,” the
Minister said. The degree of humanity of the SLN was the critical factor
for this victory.
The SLN focusing on the resettlement process, should continue its
humanitarian activities, he said.
”Every terrorist group has connections and links with other terrorist
groups in the world. But due to SLN intervention, that network was
broken. In the years ahead, the Navy will have to contribute in the
country’s development process by assisting the fisheries industry,
mineral deposit drilling and guarding the coast,” he said.
The Sri Lanka Navy will move forward sharing the experience and
knowledge with other countries, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara
Samarasinghe told the symposium.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Chief of Defence Staff and Air
Force Commander Air Marshal Roshan Gunathilaka, Army Commander Major
General Jagath Jayasuriya,Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya,
External Affairs Ministry Secretary Romesh Jayasinghe and Navy
Commanders of UAE,Thailand and Bangladesh and representatives of several
Navies were present.
Eight foreign Naval ships here
Eight Naval ships from Bangladesh, China,
Iran, India, Pakistan, Russia and Thailand arrived in Sri Lanka
yesterday. They are here to participate in the Sri Lanka Navy’s 60th
anniversary celebrations. These ships will participate in the
International Fleet Review and International Sail Past.
The Sri Lanka Navy ceremonially welcomed the
ships at the Colombo harbour. The Presidential Fleet Review held to mark
the Sri Lanka Navy’s Diamond jubilee will be held today in the seas off
Galle Face where a ceremony to award Presidential colours to the Sri
Lanka Navy Fleet will be held.