Government looks to weaken LTTE funding networks

mangala-samaraweeraThe Government says it is in the process of strengthening diplomatic ties with countries that have worked with Sri Lanka in the past to weaken the LTTE’s funding and support networks.

The Government also warned that there is a threat of new forms of terrorism emerging which will be difficult to predict and may be hard to control if Sri Lanka isolates and radicalize aggrieved communities in the country.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament that Sri Lanka cannot afford to risk the security and stability of the country again on poorly planned or non-inclusive strategies, and on failures in diplomacy.

“Now is the time to address the root causes of violence, to use global law enforcement cooperation, to improve domestic criminal justice systems and to increase outreach to affected communities. These will be the tools with which we permanently steal away the hearts and minds, the very oxygen, from terrorist organizations,” he said.

He was responding to a question posed by the Leader of the Opposition Nimal Siripala de Silva on a US State Department report which had said that the LTTE international network was still active last year.

“This Government is firm in its resolve to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. This is, and always will be our consistent policy with regard to terrorism. Our nation has been torn apart by acts of terror for several decades in its history. We are sadly all too familiar with the bombs at market places, in city centers, trains and buses, places of worship and commercial establishments. We have all been affected in some form or another by the brutal violence of a conflicted nation. The responsibility of ensuring that this country never regresses back to an era of violence and terror is not one that should be confined to any one party, any one Government or any one leader. It should be the collective and shared responsibility of all,” he said.

Samaraweera also said that Government agencies maintain close cooperation in intelligence sharing with all interlocutors, particularly those committed to combating terrorism. This includes combating financial networks.

He noted that the new Government is employing new strategies to ensure the future security of all Sri Lankans.

“This government’s approach is very different. We are using soft power and diplomacy, while ensuring our borders remain strong and our maritime security remains firm, to win the hearts and minds of all those who may oppose the state – whatever ethnic, religious, class or cultural group they may represent,” he said.

The Foreign Minister said it is the government’s intention to remove the base of support of violent radical groups, by diminishing their popularity and legitimacy among the populations who might otherwise sustain them with material and moral support. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. “I urge the Honourable Leader of Opposition to join us in this journey of confidence building, reconciliation and development.” Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

    “Sri Lanka can be transformed into the main hub of the Indian Ocean” – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

    Those statements are nothing but a political rhetoric to get votes to win the next election. This is far more laughable joke than the previous regime’s political rhetoric “wonder of Asia.” I have been in Sri Lanka for the last two months. It is impossible to get a job to use my skills and knowledge. I even applied for a lecturing position at Jaffna University as an accounting lecturer-based on one year contract, but the three positions have been offered to the people who have far lesser exposure in practical knowledge. I have an Australian business degree major in accountancy. I have worked as an accountant in Australia for more than ten years. I have also worked in Canada and New Zealand. I also worked as a business studies lecturer in Malaysia. But it is impossible to to get a job in Sri Lanka. It is very clear, not only the politicians, but employers, university professors, school principals and teachers also destroy this country for their own benefits. Otherwise it is impossible to fight since the independence. I have also done two research papers equal to two PhDs. First Research Paper – What are the stumbling blocks for the Asians? What need to be done to prosper as the world’s majority in Asia as well as in the world? I have chosen the thesis, and the research materials; because the West will never offer this kind of thesis to wake the billions of Asians why they are under the West. Second Research Paper – What made the Western countries so powerful, and what it takes them to keep their power. I have chosen the thesis, and the research materials; because the Western countries will never offer this kind of thesis to tell the world how they have been ruling the world, and how they are indented to carry on. However, I can’t get a job in Sri Lanka, but the Foreign Minister is looking for the other diaspora intellectuals to develop the country. The truth is South Asians’ minds and hearts are darker than their skin color. The leaders must address real issues ASAP, otherwise South Asia will be always behind the West, China, Japan and South East Asian countries.

    • Can I please ask whether you or your parents migrated as a refugee by blaming Sri Lanka. “People” first go to Canada, then to New Zealand and finally to Australia. It is easy for migrants to do higher degrees as locals have less interest on further studies. In Australia too, there are a large number of highly qualified professionals who struggle to find a proper job. Specially with Business and Accountancy background you are almost jobless in Australia; unless you are lucky to get a one from few available ones. So you cannot blame Sri Lanka which is still a third world country for not offering a job for you. I can guess your ethnicity, but I hope you are a good person.

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