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PM wants Intelligence Service restructured

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the country’s intelligence service should be restructured and new laws formulated to curb violent extremism and terrorism.

The Prime Minister pointed out that terrorism and violent extremism related to organizations such as the Islamic State (IS) cannot be defeated in the same manner that LTTE terrorism was defeated and that the country needs new laws for it.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was speaking at the 97th International Co-operative Day celebrations held at the Sanath Jayasuriya Stadium in Matara on Sunday afternoon. The Prime Minister said that new laws to curb terrorism may change from time to time depending on the needs at that time.

“From 2001 – 2019 terrorism laws in the UK alone was changed 15 times. The US too has changed such laws from time to time. We too have to change such laws depending on the needs at that time because international terrorism keeps evolving”.

The Prime Minister stressed that although some say that the existing laws are adequate, there is a need for new laws in the face of the evolving nature of terrorism.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe also noted that the government was working on new security strategies and defence measures to face the threat of terrorism. in future

Premier Wickremesinghe added that the government will strengthen both manpower and technological needs of the security forces in order to enhance their capacity to face any threat.

He also noted that Sri Lanka should maintain close cooperation with foreign countries when combating the threat of international terrorism.

The Prime Minister pointed out that swift measures by the government, the Police and Security Forces had helped quell the fear psychosis which gripped the country following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.

“Within two months we were able to identify and arrest those involved in the Easter Sunday attacks. We took measures to implement the law against those responsible. Some elements were trying to propagate the idea that terrorism will once again spread in the country. But swift measures taken helped to bring the situation under control in a short period.”

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe stated that to fully annihilate the threat of violent extremism and terrorism promoted by organizations such as the IS, the country not only needs new laws and strategies but also needs the political support and reconciliation among communities to support it.

Acting Minister Buddhika Pathirana too addressed the gathering.

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