EU, SL hold informal counter-terrorism dialogue

15 July 2019 06:23 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka held an informal counter-terrorism dialogue where the EU presented a support package for Sri Lanka focusing on law enforcement, rehabilitation and disengagement, counter-narratives and online radicalisation.

In a statement, the EU Embassy said the dialogue was chaired by EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove and Sri Lankan’s Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Ahmed A. Jawad on Monday.

Head of Division for Counter terrorism John Gatt-Rutter accompanied Mr de Kerchove who underlined the EU's solidarity with Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.

Common challenges relating to violent extremism and terrorism were discussed and experience regarding responses was shared.

The EU underlined the importance of efficient coordination of counter-terrorism efforts, the essence of focusing on the prevention of violent extremism and the importance of counter-terrorism responses to be fully in line with human rights obligations.

The EU presented a support package for Sri Lanka under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace to be implemented with the UNODC and UNDP.

The package worth EUR 8.5 million will notably focus on law enforcement, rehabilitation and disengagement, counter-narratives, and online radicalisation.

Following the dialogue, Mr de Kerchove was set to hold meetings with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana.

  Comments - 6

  • raj Monday, 15 July 2019 06:50 PM

    what about counter war criminals dialog?

    Jude Monday, 15 July 2019 07:44 PM

    When we Squash the terrorists, EU peanalize us claiming we committed war crimes!!??? Now EU wants Counter-Terrorism plan!!! Huh !! Remember, CAN'T MAKE an omelette without breaking an egg !!!

    P van Gilst Monday, 15 July 2019 08:06 PM

    Achmed A Jawad, Trap er niet in ze hebben het zelf niet eens op orde ,en dan LK de les lezen? maar geld stinkt niet dan maar zwichten. Dom Dom dom.

    Milinda Monday, 15 July 2019 08:44 PM

    Why negotiate with bankrupt politicians who will be thrown out in another 4 months.

    Dilshan Monday, 15 July 2019 10:36 PM

    Good to share ideas/ policies existing in other countries. However, implementing them requires strict scrutiny beforehand.

    Sashi Tuesday, 16 July 2019 03:31 AM

    Rohan Gunaratna is a terrorism expert. Why not consult him? - Less likely to have hidden agendas!

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