Country is steering towards development of Peace and Harmony - State
We strengthen the security to face any
March towards harmony, equality, peace and
Secure seas safeguarding the Indian Ocean
and Sea Lanes of Communication are vital for Sri Lanka's security
Country is on a steady path towards development of
peace and harmony. The government is determined to overcome any obstacle
against the march towards harmony, equality, peace and prosperity.
Moreover, the government will not compromise the security of the country
at any cost. Our endeavour is to strengthen the security of the country
in-order-to face any challenge that may come towards us, said the State
Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene.
He also reaffirmed that, secure seas while
safeguarding the Indian Ocean and sea lanes of communication are vital
for Sri Lanka's security. Supplementing the Blue Water capability of the
SL Navy and the consolidation of the SL Coast Guard are areas of
concern by the government, he also said.
State Minister Wijewardene expressed these sentiments
while delivering keynote speech at the inaugural 'Master of Arts in
International Relations' (MAIR) programme (2016) at the Senate Hall,
University of Colombo yesterday (29th Jan).
State Minister Wijewardene graced the inaugural
session as the Chief Guest at the invitation of the Vice Chancellor,
Senior Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake.
The welcome address was delivered by the Dean of the
Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Coordinator of the MAIR programme
Prof. Nayani Melegoda.
Further Speaking to the beginners of MAIR he
explicated that, one of the most important sea lanes of communication,
as well as the sea lanes of trade runs just south of Sri Lanka. Over 200
ships transit our waters daily at the Southern tip carrying energy to
the countries such as China, Korea and Japan and reciprocal traffic on
the other way. The Indian Ocean has also gained increasing prominence in
the current era as a very high proportion of the world's sea born trade
takes place across the Indian Ocean, he also explained.
Quoting a statement of renowned late Admiral Alfred
Thayer Mahan, State Minister said that, 'Whoever attains maritime
supremacy in the Indian Ocean would be a prominent player on the
Elaborating on the Asia's busiest water ways and the
existence of key Straits, Minister Wijewardene said that, these every
traffic areas play a globally important role in the transportation of
energy, resources, food materials and industrial products. To ensure
smooth and stable marine transit in this booming economic region,
coastal countries need to proactively tackle various issues such as
piracy, maritime disasters, environmental preservations, smuggling,
illegal immigration and territorial disputes, he also noted.
He added that, principle conditions affecting the sea
power of nations are primarily their geographical position, their size
and extent of coast line, the quantity of their sea born trade, threats
to it, maritime ambitions of their neighbours, and finally the number
and determination of their population and the understanding and resolve
of their leaders and government.
Paying emphasis to the maritime threats he said that,
Asian Oceans have been successful in naval cooperation towards
suppressing piracy. Correspondingly speaking on drug trafficking he
revealed an observation of a substantial growth and urged that there is
an urgent need of a more comprehensive strategy to prevent the trend prior-to further escalate.
Recalling on the recent visits made by high profile
dignitaries including Head of Stats and State Secretaries he stated
that, it was because of our government's foreign policy and the growing
importance of this region for the stability of economies of the
countries starting from West to East.
The Chief Guest expressed his good wishes to the
scholars to be successful in the programme of study.
Vice Chancellor Senior Prof. Dissanayake presented a
memento to the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene to mark
Senior Lecturers including Senior Professor in English
Neloufer De Mel, Acting Head of the Department of International
Relations Dr. Maneesha Wanasinghe, Defence Ministry Officials,
Students and a large gathering of distinguished invitees were present at