Police chiefs from SAARC nations to meet in Colombo
Police chiefs of SAARC nations will meet in Colombo this week to
tackle cross border crimes more effectively and strengthen cooperation
among the law enforcement agencies in the SAARC region. It will be a
prelude to the SAARC Interior Ministers’ conference on border crimes,
Police Chiefs of SAARC countries will meet for the ninth occasion in
Colombo to discuss issues relating to terrorism, drug peddling and gun
running crimes that have plagued the region. Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will
participate in the conference on April 4 and 5, Inspector General of
Police (IGP) Mahinda Balasuriya told a media briefing at Police
Headquarters in Colombo on Friday.
Heads of agencies involved in investigating terrorism and narcotics
in SAARC countries will also participate. “I participated in the last
conference held in Peshwar Pakistan”, IGP Balasuriya said.
The agencies participating in the discussions in Colombo will be the
SAARC Drug Offences Monitoring Desk (SDOMD) and the SAARC Terrorist
Offences Monitoring Desk, (STOMD) in the Criminal Investigation
Department (CID) of Colombo. These agencies will discuss regional issues
pertaining to terrorism and drug smuggling across SAARC countries on
It will be followed by the Police Chiefs of SAARC conference meeting
on April 5 to examine and discuss proposals presented by the SDOMD and
the STOMD. The final draft will be prepared based on the recommendations
presented by the agencies. The report will thereafter be submitted to
the Interior Ministers of SAARC countries who will meet shortly prior to
the main SAARC conference.
IGP Balasuriya said the conference would be a forum to enhance
professionalism of police agencies, to promote goodwill among police
officers in the SAARC region and share information. “The main aim will
be to eradicate terrorism in the region. As policemen, the experience we
gathered in the fight against terrorism in the past will be shared among
those in other countries,” the IGP said.