SASEAN Defence Chiefs' Dialogue to strengthen security in the region
Meeting with a delegation
from the National Defence College, China
Since eliminating terrorism the Sri Lankan Government has been
ushering an era of development. The security forces hve extended its
fullest cooperation in the development efforts and ensuring safety in
Global security experts, military and civil had met on several
occasions in Sri Lanka under various themes, to review the strength of
the security and cooperation among the nations.
The aim of these meetings was to avoid the possibility of resurgence
of terrorism and its adverse impact on security in various countries.
With the prevailing peaceful environment in Sri Lanka and the
conducive environment for such discussions more meetings are expected to
take place shortly. In this backdrop the South and South East Asian
Nations (SASEAN) Defence Chiefs’ Dialogue, which is a pioneering
initiative will take place in Sri Lanka for the first time.
“A ommon forum for the Defence Chiefs of Asia can bring about a
robust mechanism to face future security challenges in Asia while
ensuing Asian renaissance.
That in view South and South East Asian Nations (SASEAN) Defence
Chiefs’ Dialogue as a preliminary step is apt,” said General Jagath
Jayasuriya, Chief of Defence Staff, who is the key man behind organising
this international event.
“It is an endeavour, which will encourage countries to find solutions
for common issues.
It will be a platform that can support mechanisms for countries to
peacefully resolve their disputesbuilding a constructive dialogue
avoiding instability or distrust, General Jayasuriya said speaking on
the importance of this gathering of security chiefs in the region.
The SASEAN Defence Chiefs’ Dialogue organised by the Office of the
Chief of Defence Staff in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence and
Urban Development is a catalyst in promoting security and stability
meeting the challenges of the rapidly transforming Asian region.
As of today nearly 18 countries have consented in participate in
SASEAN. Countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh ,Bhutan, Brunei,
Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Miyanmar,
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam will be participating in
the event, according to the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff.
Accordingly the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building
Measures in Asia (CICA) mooted in 1992 could be recognised as the
precursor to SASEAN.
A recent international
So far, it had been the largest membership among regional
organisations in Asia engaged in promoting security and stability. It
provided and continues to serve as a multinational forum for enhancing
cooperation towards promoting peace and stability in Asia and brings
together the political leadership in the region. The member states of
CICA,while affirming their commitment to the UN Charter believe that
peace and security in Asia can be achieved through dialogue and
cooperation leading to a common indivisible area of security in Asia
where all states co-exists peacefully and their peoples live in peace,
freedom and prosperity.
In such a backdrop, the concept of SASEAN was first conceived after
observing the timely need for forming relations among the countries in
the SAARC and ASEAN regions that are connected by common interests. As
such under the guidance of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry
of Defence and Urban Development, the first Defence Chiefs’ Dialogue in
the SASEAN region.
Divided into several sessions over three days, the invited Chiefs of
Defence Staff will focus on matters of common interest and other related
subjects. The Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be the keynote
speaker while a special session will be conducted by Prof G L Peiris,
Minister of External Affairs on the significance of the forum.