May 31, Colombo: A seminar organized by the Sri Lanka Army to share its experience on defeating the three decades long terrorism in the country opened today with the participation of 45 countries.
The three-day seminar on “Defeating Terrorism – Sri Lankan Experience” commenced this morning at Galadari Hotel in Colombo with an address by the Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya.
The Army Commander addressing the gathering said Sri Lanka’s victory came with many sacrifices and the experience need to be shared with the world. He called for a global alliance to defeat terrorism as only such an alliance can face the challenges posed by the terrorism.
The Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa delivering the key note address said Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa briefed India on every development during the military operation to avoid misrepresentation of facts and confusion.
India has sent three Colonels to take part in the seminar while a Major General has led the Pakistan delegation. A Lieutenant General is leading the Bangladesh delegation. The Russian Federation has sent six delegates.
China, the emerging global power have two of its defence companies Chinese Poly technologies and China Electrical and Technologies Corporation displaying their products at the three-day event.
The United States, Britain, France, Australia, and Japan have declined the invitations to attend the seminar.
Ground Commanders who fought the battle against LTTE terrorists rescuing over 300,000 civilians from the clutches of the LTTE are expected to share their own experiences at the conference.
Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris, Plantation Minister and Special Human Right Envoy Mahinda Samarasinghe, Secretary to the Sri Lankan President Lalith Weeratunga, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and global terrorism expert, Dr. Rohan Guneratne are among the speakers to address the seminar.