Kadirgamar on Sri Lanka’s foreign and security policy 

[March 18, 2005 - 11.20 GMT]

Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said regional organizations are important for a country’s progress. Since becoming a sovereign state in 1948, Sri Lanka has been able to build and strengthen international relations with a vast number of countries. Speaking on ‘Sri Lanka’s Foreign and Security Policy’ at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) yesterday he said Sri Lanka was one of the five conveners of the Bandung Conference in 1955 which was the forerunner to the Non-Aligned Movement  

With regard to Sri Lanka’s security policy, the Minister said it is closely linked to domestic dictates, followed by regional and international priorities. Kadirgamar said at the present moment the status of the peace process between the government and the LTTE was Sri Lanka’s main security concern. He said the two parties had reached a consensus that reconstruction was the need of the hour, and that there is movement towards working out a joint mechanism for this purpose. The Minister also expressed his concern about the verified air capability of the LTTE.

Prior to his address Kadirgamar was presented with a cheque for £ 4500 collected by the Devonshire House School, to be utilized towards the welfare of tsunami affected children in Sri Lanka. The funds had been collected by performing errands and from school friends and families in London.







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Last Updated Date: March 18, 2005 - 11.20 GMT


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