Sri Lanka makes push for convention on terrorism

dsc06599Sri Lanka has underscored the need to strengthen cooperation to fight the scourge of terrorism and reaffirmed the importance to conclude a comprehensive convention on International Terrorism at the earliest.

Speaking at the Interactive Debate at the NAM Ministerial Meeting held in Margarita Island, Venezuela, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, said that terrorism remains one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and all its forms and manifestations must be condemned.

He also said that Sri Lanka has supported the call for the total elimination of nuclear weapons and that it was at the 5th NAM Summit in Colombo, where calls were made for the First UN Special Session Devoted to Disarmament.

“We need to redouble efforts towards nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation and stress the need for the total elimination of all weapons of mass destruction, and to this end Sri Lanka supports the call for early commencement of the negotiation of a comprehensive legally binding international instrument, to prohibit the use, possession, as well as production and transfer of nuclear weapons- in order to achieve the common goal of a world free of nuclear weapons,” he said.

The Minister also said that Sri Lanka is concerned about the recent nuclear tests conducted in violation of international obligations that adversely impacts peace and stability in North East Asia.

Sri Lanka also stressed on the importance of the maintenance of peace and stability, in the international arena and calls for the settlement of all disputes and differences by peaceful means through negotiation, consultation, arbitration or judicial settlements in conformity with the UN Charter and principles of international law. (Colombo Gazette)