Sri Lanka to give effect to UN resolutions on counter terrorism

Sri Lanka is to give effect to UN Security Council resolutions to counter terrorism and violent extremism, the Foreign Ministry said today.

Tangible measures to collaborate with UN mechanisms in keeping with international norms and practices took center stage at discussions during the recent visit to Sri Lanka by UN Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Executive Director of the Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) Michèle Coninsx from 7-8 June 2019.

The subjects covered included terrorist financing and asset freezing, dealing with foreign terrorist fighters, the counter terrorism legislation, countering radicalization and violent extremism, effective border management against terrorist travel, and the threat posed by the internet and social media in spreading radical ideology and violent extremism.

The Assistant Secretary General Coninsx was in Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, pursuant to a request by President Maithripala Sirisena to the UN Secretary General António Guterres on 24 April in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks, to support Sri Lanka in facing the new threats posed by terrorism.

The ASG paid courtesy calls on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and met with other political and civil society leaders.

At an interactive dialogue held at the Defence Ministry co-chaired by Secretary Defence Shantha Kottegoda and Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha, following a comprehensive briefing on the action taken by the security forces following the attacks and future action contemplated, the need for a “Whole of Government” approach to counter terrorism and violent extremism was emphasized.

The meeting was attended by officials from the Foreign Ministry, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies, Attorney General’s Department, Customs, Department of Immigration and Emigration and the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank.

It was noted that following the recent attacks, the Foreign and Defence Ministries collaborated in designating the three groups involved in the suicide bombings – National Thowheed Jama’at (NTJ), Jama’athe Milla’the Ibrahim (JMI) and Willayath As Seylani (WAS), – as ‘terrorist entities’ under Sri Lanka’s domestic legislation giving effect to terrorist financing and asset freezing aspects of the Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001).

The ASG’s visit also explored further measures that need to be taken for Sri Lanka to be compliant with international counter terrorism obligations under relevant Security Council Resolutions, notably Resolutions 2178 (2014) and 2396 (2017) on stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and countering violent extremism, as well as the importance of border security.

At a review meeting held at the conclusion of the visit, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana received an assessment from the visiting ASG and discussed future cooperation with the Government.

UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanna Singer, officials from the CTED and the UN Country team were associated with the ASG. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission in New York which has been coordinating with the CTED, will engage in necessary follow up from the visit.

The CTED was established by the UN Security Council as a special political mission to assist the UN Security Council’s Counter –Terrorism Committee (CTC), and is tasked with carrying out the policy decisions of the CTC, conduct expert assessments of Member States and facilitate counter-terrorism technical assistance to countries. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. Democracy demands truthful transparency or political openness to ALL citizens. Truthful accountability or answerability, to ALL citizens who voted the legislators to the parliament, is also required in any democracy. When practiced, democracy yields the good fruits of freedom, peace, stability, development and prosperity to ALL citizens.

    On the other hand, Extremism contradicts democracy. Extremism originates from exaggerated and manipulated untruth, lie or falsehood, passed on for generations; causing, violence, death and destruction. This is the reason for ISIS extremism and Sinhala Buddhist Extremism (SBE) in Sri Lanka (SL). ISIS uses Arabic and SBE uses Pali, unknown to others, to easily say any untruth in SL

    Extremism is a mind set. A mind set is created by a person himself by his own choice. It is a collection of words the person listens to, the photo images he sees and the thoughts arising therefrom in his mind. Any convincing thought or actions, chosen and accepted by the person, to establish in his mind and act accordingly creates a mind set. A mind set is an attitude

    The mind set of a person created with love, honour and respect for others with kind words and deeds will have good conscience coming from a good or “light filled mind set”. Any mind set created by the evil of anger, hatred, violence, death and destruction to others; justifying the evil deeds, has a bad conscience and a “dark mind set”. There is no light in such a person’s life but an extremism.

    Albert Einsten, a world renown scientist, explained that darkness is simply the absence of lighL. Likewise, the absence of good causes the bad of extremism.

    A week ago, I saw an aerial video clip, taken 10 years ago, showing bombs exploding and countless bodies of dead Tamil civilians massacred, in the “No Fire Zone”, created by the UN at Mulliavaykaal in SL. This reminded me of the first Atom Bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1948 and the countless deaths and human sufferings in Japan.

    Japan, a country where the emperor and citizens claimed to be Buddhists in 1940s, obviously became extremists with a “dark mind set”. Like Adolf Hitler, Japan invaded Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries and did barbarous and ugly cruelties. Japanese soldiers murdered people, hung dead bodies on trees, raped and killed women. They had no respect for life.

    Buddhists in SL live in the Buddhism of 1940s of Japan. In 1983, atrocities similar to those carried out by Japan in 1940s were carried out by Sinhalese in SL against ethnic Tamils. because of the same reason of Buddhist extremism. On 23-=5-2019, the President of SL and the soldiers who carried out Mullivaykaal massacre, dressed like the soldiers of Adolf Hitler, celeberated the “Victory” of war with LTTE, instead of feeling sorry for the cruelty and massacre of 100,000 Tamil civilians by them.

    The problem in SL is, the Sinhala Buddhist extremist political leaders and priests, who have a “dark mind set”, fearing Truth,. The History books continue to be full of lies, falsehood and untruth, to keep SBE alive. Even if the history books are made truthful, it will take at least 30 years to eliminate SBE in SL, It is for this reason, the UHHRC resolution 50/1, calling for truth, reconciliation, justice and peace have not moved forward in SL Therefore. the problem of granting Justice to the murdered and disappeared Tamils, Tamil Genocide and war reparations cannot be resolved for the next 30 years,

    The Presidfent was telling a lie that the situation after the Easter bomb attacks was 99% normal to diplomats on 27-5-2019. First, the “dark mind set” of the SBE has to be dealt with severity immediately. The GSL, the Sinhalese Buddhists and the soldiers cannot be good with SBE in their blood. Therefore, UNSG should send its Blue Helmets without further delay and maintain peace, TILL SBE is undone and eliminated. As SL sends soldiers to serve in the UN peace keeping force, why does GSL refuse to allow the UN to send its peace keeping force, even when UNSG sees the need for it?

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