Addressing the International Conference on Maritime Piracy on the theme “Maritime Piracy : enhancing public private partnership and strengthening the global response”, leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Deputy External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera stated that maritime piracy has become an issue of serious concern to countries of our region which are bordered by major international sea lanes.
Deputy Minister Perera stated that Sri Lanka has been successful in keeping its busy international shipping lane off South Dondra Head free from any piracy or criminal activity with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Navy and the Coast Guards Service.
He called for countries of the region to cooperate by sharing information, modalities and options for prosecuting and imprisoning pirates and for capacity building in the affected states.
The Deputy Minister also shared Sri Lanka’s experience on the issue of arms smuggling by terrorist groups and called for cooperation in sharing intelligence in enhancing maritime domain awareness through joint and coordinated patrols as well as exercises.
The Conference was held in Dubai on 27th and 28th June 2012, which was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates was attended by Foreign Ministers and leading personalities of the region.
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The Sri Lanka delegation comprised Deputy Minister of External Affairs, Hon. Neomal Perera, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the UAE, Sarath Wijesinghe, Rear Admiral Jayanath Colombage of the Sri Lanka Navy, and Mrs. M.E.M. Weninger, Director, Middle East of the Ministry of External Affairs.
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