Sri Lanka Army

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Seminar 'Defeating Terrorism - The Sri Lankan Experience' Set to Kick Off

All arrangements are set to kick off the international seminar, ‘Defeating Terrorism - The Sri Lankan Experience’ organized by the Army at Colombo Galadari Hotel beginning Tuesday (31).

The first of its kind in Sri Lanka, meant to share Sri Lanka’s experience on the road to military defeat of the LTTE, the world’s most ruthless terrorist organization is to be attended by over 80 delegates representing more than forty countries.

The three-day defence seminar, the brainchild of Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary Defence was being finalized on the directions of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya.   

By Monday (30) morning, almost all foreign guest speakers and resource personnel as well as six delegations from different countries have arrived in the island to attend this seminar.     Defence chiefs, commanders, several world-renowned experts, professionals, academics and senior military officials representing the tri-services, Police and various other state agencies are expected to grace the occasion.

Deliberations in the seminar will focus on a variety of themes such as ‘Global Terrorism’, ‘Terrorist Trends’, ‘Predominance of both Political and Military Efforts’, ‘Reconciliation’, ‘Threats to National and International Security Concerns’, ‘Nation Building’, ‘Resettlement’, ‘Effective Counter Mechanism’, ‘Prevention of Resurgence of Violence’, ‘Re-evaluation of Traditional Approaches’, etc.

    Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary Defence is to deliver the keynote address at the opening session after the welcome note is delivered by Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya. Traditional lighting of the oil lamp is to herald the inauguration.    

Sri Lanka Army during these sessions will elaborate how it conducted the Humanitarian Operation with those entire field Commanders at hand. In specific sessions, they will serve as panelists to respond to any queries or clarifications. ‘Everything is transparent and media is at liberty to meet any of those contributors on the sidelines of the seminar’, the Commander added during a recent Media briefing.  

Russia has sought participation for six of her delegates, being the highest group and more than 30 international media organizations have already confirmed their participation since the sessions are open. The ‘Business Today’ magazine as official rapporteur is to print a special dossier, documenting all what transpire during the sessions in the seminar.
The sessions would contribute to broaden understanding and exchange of knowledge among delegates with relevance to the Sri Lankan perspective, being the first country in the 21st century to have defeated terrorism in the world. The speakers will elaborate on lessons learnt and reasons that led to the military success.

The seminar is to review how the Sri Lankan approach transcended beyond the traditional approach and succeeded in defeating the LTTE with learning from years of fighting an insurgency.

On the sidelines of the main sessions, an exhibition, depicting new technological innovations and potential defence equipment that have been produced by Research and Development section in the Ministry of Defence, and other local producers of warlike items and equipment, is to be held, enabling those innovators to receive an international exposure during these three days.  

The Sri Lankan delegates, composed of war veterans including resource personnel of the Navy and Air Force will enumerate all other contributory factors in its fight against terrorism and the final march to victory.

Contributors to the sessions, themed on ‘Challenges and Prospects of Counter Terrorism’, ‘Evolution of LTTE and International Networking’, ‘Overview of Counter Terrorism in Sri Lanka’, ‘Humanitarian Operations’, ‘Force Multipliers in Counter Terrorism’, ‘Combat Service Support and Evolution of Training’, ‘IDPs Resettlement’, ‘Rehabilitation, Reintegration and De-mining’  include Dr Rohan Gunaratne, Dr  Ahmed S Hasheem, Prof Rajiv Wijesinghe, Dr Malkanthi Hettiarachchi and a host of senior tri-service officers.  

The seminar simultaneously expects to further broaden the horizons in effective counter terrorism strategy, operational and tactical level lessons, evolution of tactical level training, role of Human Rights in counter insurgency operations, rehabilitation of ex-combatants, preventive measures against resurgence of violence, re-evaluation of the traditional model and the Sri Lankan experience.

The online website (www.defseminar.lk) updates progress and detailed seminar arrangements. It will also provide a live webcast during all three days of the seminar.