Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bay of Begal being used by terrorists to smuggle arms: Sri Lanka

New Delhi (PTI): Sri Lanka on Thursday sought the cooperation of BIMSTEC nations in combating terrorism in the region saying the sea lanes of Bay of Bengal were being used by terrorists to smuggle arms and drugs.

The resolution, adopted by the BIMSTEC nations, "fully reflects our concern" over growing terrorism in the region, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said at a joint press conference with leaders of BIMSTEC countries.

He said maritime surveillance was required in Bay of Bengal as its sea lanes were being used by terrorists to transport arms and ammunition and drugs. Full Text