Sunday, May 31, 2009

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium: 'Strategies needed to enhance maritime security'

(SO)The Bay of Bengal became the focal point at the recently held Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) when it was pointed out that criminal gangs linked to terror groups operate freely smuggling arms, ammunition and drugs to countries due to lack of proper policing of the bay. Sri Lanka's terrorism was nurtured over the years due to not properly policing of the Bay of Bengal, the Secretary to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Lalith Weeratunga said at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) held recently in Colombo.

The Chief Guest on the inaugural day was Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka who said the Indian ocean occupies a prominent position in world geopolitical and trade. There were many challenges in the maritime domain that require an increase in maritime cooperation and interaction among Navies of the states of the Indian region. Therefore a common set of strategies designed to enhance regional maritime security have to be to formulated for speedy and effective response. Full text