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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2370

Ensure Terrorism Never Raise Its Ugly Head Again – President Mahinda

Myanmar, 04 March, (Asiantribune.com):

Though terrorism is no more in the shores of Sri Lanka it is important to ensure that it would never raise its ugly head again, declared Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He further pointed out of the necessity of eternal vigilance as it was vital particularly because terrorist organizations have extensive international networks.

Sri Lanka President was addressing the Third BIMSTEC Summit in Myanmar.

He further added “Undoubtedly, the cooperative spirit which exists within our Grouping on addressing this issue will continue. Terrorism, wherever in the world, in whatever form or manifestation, is a threat to the collective security of all nations.”

BIMSTEC is the English acronym for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi–Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation. It is a regional grouping of seven South and South-east Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
The first BIMSTEC Summit was held in 2004 in the Thai capital of Bangkok while the second was held in the Indian capital of New Delhi.

In the speech delivered by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the the Third BIMSTEC Summit in Myanmar, he said as follows:

Mr. Chairman,

My country, as a founder member, is committed to the BIMSTEC process.

Sri Lanka as an active participant is the Lead Country in the Technology Sector and the Permanent Chair of the Trade Negotiating Committee, for a Free Trade Agreement. This Agreement, once finalized, will open new avenues to increase trade and economic cooperation in the region.

The theme for this Summit: “Partnership for Harmony and Prosperity,” is timely. Joint efforts in the BIMSTEC region would complement the initiatives of member states, in achieving sustainable economic growth and social progress. In this regard, I recall the theme Sri Lanka selected for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Colombo three months ago, was “Growth with Equity; Inclusive Development.

” That too, aimed at collectively addressing the main issues faced by a large section of people in the developing world.

Mr. Chairman,

It is encouraging to note that BIMSTEC has broadened its scope to many other areas of collaboration. When the entire world is compelled to deal with terrorism and trans-national crimes, cooperation on this issue has been continuing since 2004. As a country that had suffered from terrorism, for nearly three decades, we in Sri Lanka are acutely aware of its
human and economic costs. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka’s economy could not run at its true potential during those years. With the defeat of terrorism, the Sri Lankan economy has been consistently recording, a growth rate of seven percent.

Though terrorism is no more in our shores, we need to ensure that it would never raise its ugly head again. Eternal vigilance therefore is vital, particularly as terrorist organizations have extensive international networks.

Undoubtedly, the cooperative spirit which exists within our Grouping on addressing this issue will continue. Terrorism, wherever in the world, in whatever form or manifestation, is a threat to the collective security of all nations.

Mr. Chairman,

Our resolve to establish the Organization’s Permanent Secretariat in Dhaka, is a significant milestone in the BIMSTEC process. Sri Lanka thanks the Government of Bangladesh for hosting this Secretariat. I assure the Secretariat, Sri Lanka’s fullest support and cooperation.

With a permanent Secretariat, it would now be possible to pursue the targeted goals with more vigor and to take stock of the progress of the activities carried out under BIMSTEC. Sri Lanka will support the Secretariat's efforts to further strengthening the activities under the priority areas of cooperation, to be better result oriented.

Mr. Chairman,

I am confident that the incoming Chair, Nepal, will continue to diligently guide our Group and further consolidate our partnership and collaboration in BIMSTEC.

While pledging Sri Lanka’s unstinted cooperation in BIMSTEC activities, I wish the deliberations at this third BIMSTEC Summit, all success.

May the blessings of the Noble Triple Gem be with you!

- Asian Tribune –

World leaders (from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand) posed for a photograph last night (March 3) at the dinner that Myanmar President U Thein Sein and First Lady Daw Khin Khin Win hosted for the heads of state who arrived in Myanmar for the third BIMSTEC Summit.
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Myanmar First Lady Daw Khin Khin Win pose for a photograph last night (March 3) at the dinner
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