Mar 072014
 
BIMSTEC having Eelam territory gets secretariat in Dhaka

The Third Summit Meeting of BIMSTEC States held in Myanmar concluded on Tuesday, with its heads of governments deciding on operating a permanent secretariat based in Dhaka in Bangladesh. A career diplomat of Colombo will be its first Secretary General. Originally formed in 1997, as Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand Economic Cooperation (hence BIMST-EC), and was joined by Nepal and Bhutan in 2004 to become known as Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, the BIMSTEC is viewed as India’s alternative for SAARC, to have a regional alliance without Pakistan. It is also viewed as an expression of India’s ‘look to East’ policy to balance China’s ‘push to South’.

BIMSTEC_countries_106449_445

The BIMSTEC region

As was decided in 2005, BIMSTEC’s Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime outfit is handled by New Delhi.

The BIMSTEC Summit Meeting is held once in four years.

The Third Summit held on Tuesday was attended by [in the alphabetical order of the States], Ms Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Mr. Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, Mr. Thein Sein, President of the Union of Myanmar, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, and Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Special Envoy of Thailand.

The summit has endorsed the appointment of Sri Lanka’s senior career diplomat Mr Sumith Nakandala as the first Secretary General of BIMSTEC.

Mr. Nakandala, who is currently Colombo’s ambassador in Baghdad, was earlier High Commissioner in Kathmandu and Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai. He also served in New Delhi and in Male as Colombo’s diplomat.

The Bay of Bengal is differentiated from the Indian Ocean as waters lying north of Paruththith-thu’rai (Point Pedro) in Jaffna. But, the Palk Bay is part of the Bay of Bengal. The boundaries of the Palk Bay on its south stop at the Adam’s Bridge reef. The entire shoreline of the Bay of Bengal in the island comes only under the Northern Province, from Thalai-Mannaar to Point Pedro.

Bay_of_Bengal_106454_445

The Bay of Bengal shoreline in the island begins at Thalai-Mannaar and ends at Point Pedro [Satellite Image Courtesy: NASA, Legend by TamilNet]

Therefore, it is exclusively the country of Eezham Tamils and no other part in the island could claim itself a Bay of Bengal country.

The other BIMSTEC States, especially the Establishment in New Delhi, should note that genocidal Sri Lanka comes under BIMSTEC merely because of its genocidal occupation of the country of Eezham Tamils.

Tamil Nadu, the fishermen of which are routinely attacked by Sri Lanka’s military occupying the Palk Strait, and that is demanding for the retrieval of Kachchativu in the Palk Strait citing the attacks, should also make a serious note of the unfolding geopolitics and swaps of interests among the Establishments of the present States, political observers in Chennai commented.

Failure of Tamils on either side of the Bay of Bengal to assert to their geopolitics demanded by the present times could result in long-term adverse consequences to their nations without States, the observers in Chennai cautioned.

Ms. Jayalalithaa has already made clear demands on the situation, including the Palk Bay matters, in the Tamil Nadu Assembly as well as in the AIADMK election manifesto.

Mr C.V. Wigneswaran, shedding his contempt for Tamil Nadu polity, should grasp the geopolitics; should work in unison with Tamil Nadu; should monitor what is happening in the territorial and economic waters as well as territory of Eezham Tamils resulting from the international initiatives of States, and irrespective of genocidal Sri Lanka’s so-called constitution, should come out with appropriate international responses on what BIMSTEC or other such bodies do to the country of Eezham Tamils occupied by Colombo, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in Jaffna.

The land-locked States of Nepal and Bhutan received membership of the Bay of Bengal Initiative just because of their use of Kolkata harbour in India for sea outlet.

BIMSTEC_2014

The 3rd BIMSTEC summit in Myanmar

[Full Coverage]

(For updates you can share with your friends, follow TNN on Facebook, Twitter and Google+)

May 082013
 
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa wants sharing of intelligence

Gotabaya-300x244 Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today expressed the importance of sharing intelligence among nations for intelligence to be more effective.

“Having a proper understanding between the Financial Intelligence Units, Intelligence Agencies, Law Enforcement Agencies within the region is therefore extremely important in tracking illegal financial transactions and in identifying and apprehending the culprits involved,” Mr. Rajapaksa said addressing the Inauguration of BIMSTEC Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime at Jaic Hilton Colombo.

The full speech

I am very pleased to welcome all of you on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka as we commence the Sixth Meeting of the BIMSTEC Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime. The subjects discussed at this meeting are particularly important in today’s increasingly globalized world. In one form or another, one or a combination of these issues has affected each of the countries represented here. Sri Lanka itself suffered from three long decades of terrorism, which we successfully overcame four years ago, and we have also experienced the problems caused by drug smuggling and human trafficking from time to time. While most of the countries in the Bay of Bengal region have addressed these issues to some extent, the threats of terrorism, terrorist financing, illegal migration of persons and trafficking of drugs and other illegal substances still remains significant. As a result, it is very important that all our nations remain vigilant and proactive with regard to these threats.

The most important tool that nations have at their disposal in countering these threats is Intelligence. For Intelligence to be more effective, however, it needs to be shared amongst nations. It is also very important to realize that few of the serious threats nations face in today’s environment are truly localised. Terrorism, human trafficking, narcotic drug smuggling and the illegal financial transactions that support all these activities are not confined to one nation but take place within several nations and across national borders. For example, when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE, was engaging in ruthless terrorism activities in Sri Lanka, it raised funds abroad and used agents in various parts of the world to smuggle arms, ammunition and heavy weaponry to Sri Lanka through the sea. Even after the end of the war, the rump of the LTTE organization is still engaged in raising funds and trying to regroup in order to destabilize Sri Lanka through various means. These elements have even gone to the extent of providing arms training abroad to LTTE cadres in recent times. Because of the effective cooperation between Intelligence agencies, however, we were able to identify and stop these developments in their early stages. This is an example of how enhanced cooperation between Intelligence agencies is essential for maintaining national and regional security.

It is important to realize that because of the freedoms we enjoy, and the relaxation of our immigration laws and procedures for tourism promotion and trade purposes, terrorists and other criminals have the opportunity to use any of the countries in this region as meeting places, transit points or even temporary bases from which to initiate their activities. Take for example drug trafficking, which is increasingly becoming a serious issue for many of the countries in this region. On occasion, we have seen instances where drug dealers have escaped law enforcement agencies by moving into other countries and staying in these countries illegally, using them as safe havens. In addition to impeding law enforcement efforts in the country the offenders escaped from, allowing such offenders to remain at large can also cause social and criminal problems within the countries they stay in. It is therefore imperative to encourage cooperation amongst the law enforcement agencies of the respective nations to apprehend these culprits and ensure that justice is served.

Yet another issue that is increasingly becoming problematic in our part of the world is the trafficking of people across borders. Primarily due to economic reasons, large numbers of people seek to flee their nations of origin and migrate illegally into developed countries such as Australia, Canada and Europe. This has become a lucrative business for people smugglers, some of whom also have links to international terrorism as well as drug trafficking. Most of the time, the victims of these human traffickers find themselves in very serious trouble. Having sold or mortgaged their properties and given over their complete wealth to the smugglers, they find themselves in terrible conditions, trapped on board Gota wants sharing of intelligence

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today expressed the importance of sharing intelligence among nations for intelligence to be more effective.

“Having a proper understanding between the Financial Intelligence Units, Intelligence Agencies, Law Enforcement Agencies within the region is therefore extremely important in tracking illegal financial transactions and in identifying and apprehending the culprits involved,” Mr. Rajapaksa said addressing the Inauguration of BIMSTEC Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime at Jaic Hilton Colombo.

[Full Coverage]

(For updates you can share with your friends, follow TNN on Facebook, Twitter and Google+)

Follow me on Twitter

Featuring YD Feedwordpress Content Filter Plugin