Dr. Robert Floyd, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, arrived on the Island on May 31, on a five-day official visit, met the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Ministry last evening (02 June).
The Additional Secretary for Defence, Ms. Dhammika Wijayasinghe was also present at the discussion.
The fruitful discussion also included the importance of a tsunami warning centre in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Floyd also paid courtesy calls on Foreign Affairs Minister, Environment Minister and also senior officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Geological Survey & Mines Bureau (GSMB), during the stay on the Island.
Sri Lanka signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty on October 24, 1996, and a Facility Agreement with the CTBTO in June 2000 which led the way for the establishment of an auxiliary seismological station in Pallekale, Kandy, as part of the International Monitoring System (IMS) to verify compliance with the CTBT.
The key objective of the CTBT is to ban nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: above ground, underwater and underground.
The visit is expected to further strengthen cooperation between Sri Lanka and the CTBTO.