WE ARE FOR PEACE­FUL SET­TLE­MENT OF DIS­PUTE IN IN­DIAN OCEAN: SL

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The post-con­flict Sri Lanka stood for a peace­ful In­dian Ocean, which in­cluded peace­ful rules-based set­tle­ment of dis­putes, For­eign Min­istry Sec­re­tary Prasad Kariyawasam said while ad­dress­ing the Galle Di­a­logue Mar­itime Con­fer­ence on Mon­day.

He said Sri Lanka also stood for a rules-based or­der, which fol­lowed in­ter­na­tional norms and prac­tices, free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion and over­flight and safe sea lanes, which al­lowed for the free flow of goods both for Sri Lanka and part­ner na­tions.

Mean­while, Kariyawasam also said As the mar­itime realm be­comes in­creas­ingly more sig­nif­i­cant in the con­text of our na­tion’s devel­op­ment, I think it is vi­tal that the Navy gets more in­volved in task of im­ple­ment­ing our na­tion’s re­newed and pro­gres­sive vi­sion for it­self as a rec­on­ciled, peace­ful, stable, and pros­per­ous na­tion com­bat­ting drug traf­fick­ing, hu­man traf­fick­ing, arms smug­gling and piracy re­quired more at­ten­tion for bet­ter mar­itime man­age­ment and se­cu­rity in the mar­itime do­main around the coun­try. He said it was im­por­tant for the world Navies and mar­itime ex­perts to de­velop and im­ple­ment ef­fec­tive pro­grammes to ed­u­cate cit­i­zens about the im­por­tance of the oceans.

“As the mar­itime realm be­comes in­creas­ingly more sig­nif­i­cant in the con­text of our na­tion’s devel­op­ment, I think it is vi­tal that the Navy gets more in­volved in task of im­ple­ment­ing our na­tion’s re­newed and pro­gres­sive vi­sion for it­self as a rec­on­ciled, peace­ful, stable, and pros­per­ous na­tion,” he said.

He said that it was also nec­es­sary that the pub­lic con­sid­ered the Navy as an in­te­gral part of the coun­try’s core iden­tity.

“It must be con­sid­ered as an in­sti­tu­tion that is of ser­vice not only to the peo­ple of Sri Lanka, but to the world be­yond. A force for good, car­ry­ing Sri Lanka’s flag in col­lab­o­ra­tive mis­sions in the re­gion and be­yond, out there in the high seas – mak­ing sea lanes safer for ship­ping, for the free flow of goods, par­tic­i­pat­ing in hu­man­i­tar­ian, evac­u­a­tion and dis­as­ter re­lief op­er­a­tions, and con­tribut­ing to regional and global se­cu­rity,” Mr. Kariyawasam said.

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