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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 5.55 GMT
Non state actors pose a common challenge in the region – Ambassador Kariyawasam


Sri Lanka is concerned about non state actors that can destabilise countries, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States Prasad Kariyawasam said yesterday.

“We take every possible measure to ensure that non state actors do not have the capacity to harm the very social fabric of the country,” he said.

He said Sri Lanka became a victim of actions perpetrated by non state actors.

The non state actor, the LTTE played havoc in the nation, he said speaking at a panel discussion on regional challenges on the second day of the Defence Seminar 2014 in Colombo yesterday.

Kariyawasam said Sri Lanka was able to eradicate the LTTE menace due to the commitment of Security Forces and added the country is now searching for peace and reconciliation.

“In fact, non state actors sometimes can be a drag on the system,” he said.

Kariyawasam said that the actions of non state actors affect almost all countries in the region. He said peace and prosperity do not come in isolation.

“The neighbourhood provides support for a country to have stability,” he added.

“The actions of non state actors in the region is a common challenge. Their actions are affecting every aspect of social and economic life, he said.”

Kariyawasam added that South Asia’s potential has not yet been fully tapped.

He said Sri Lanka was now focusing on the blue economy. “A blue economy is very important since land resources are dwindling in every country,” he said.

The ambassador said that a very large area of the sea is under the jurisdiction of Sri Lanka,
“People from every nation aspire for peace and sustained prosperity and for that purpose they need stability. Stability, peace and prosperity do not come in isolation. One has to have a neighbourhood that can provide support,” Kariyawasam said. Sri Lanka lays special emphasis on maritime security and maritime cooperation.

He said that Sri Lanka has developed mega ports in Colombo and Hambantota which can cater to any type of vessel. He said that the Sri Lanka Navy has also initiated the process Galle Dialogue, to enhance more cooperation in the naval and maritime fields.





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