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09th February 2021 13:27:42 Hours

INSS 'Diner's Club' Sessions Take up Forthcoming UNHRC Issues

The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier Think Tank for National Security Studies for Sri Lanka, functional under the Ministry of Defence on Monday (8) evening organized a 'Diner's Club' discussion on the issues pertaining to the forthcoming UNHRC sessions at SLNS Rangalla, Colombo.

The Chief Guest, General Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Secretary, State Ministry of National Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management graced the session, together with the Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, General Shavendra Silva, Commanders of thr Navy and Air Force and a host of experts on the subject of national security.

Admiral (Professor) Jayanath Colombage, Director General, Institute of National Security Studies and Secretary to Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered the welcome note on behalf of the INSS and tabled the objective of the sessions. The keynote address was made by General Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Secretary, State Ministry of National Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management at the invitation of the INSS.

Topics such as ‘Preamble of UNHRC and Sri Lanka’ (Admiral (Professor) Jayanath Colombage), ‘International legal framework of UNHRC’ ( Dr. Rohan Perera Former Legal Adviser to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to UN), ‘Implications of UNHRC resolutions on individual countries, repercussions on withdrawal from these resolutions and the case study of Sri Lanka’ (Amb. Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman, Pathfinder Foundation and former secretary to Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and 'Recommended, suggested way forward for Sri Lanka’ (Amb. H.M.G.S Palihakkara, Former Secretary to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former Governor of Northern Province) were taken up for discussion during the brief arrangement.

Acknowledging their contribution, certificates were also awarded to contributors to the sessions. The vote of thanks was raised by Rear Admiral Dimuthu Gunawardena, Director, Communications and Publications, Institute of National Security Studies.

The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) is the premier national security think tank of Sri Lanka under the Ministry of Defence, established to understand the security environment and to work with government to craft evidence based policy options and strategies for debate and discussion to ensure national security. The institute will conduct a broad array of national security research for the Ministry of Defence.