Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka, met with the Executive Director of the Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate Jean Paul in New York yesterday.
The meeting was part of a continuing dialogue between the government of Sri Lanka and CTED following a country visit by the Directorate to Sri Lanka earlier this month.
Discussions centered on the revision of anti-terrorism legislation.
This included technical assistance to draft comprehensive counterterrorism legislation to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions and in keeping with international best practices.
The Minister also reiterated the importance of updating the 2014 CTED interim report on Sri Lanka to reflect ground realities, incorporating the positive changes made since January 2015.
In welcoming Minister Ratnayake, Jean Paul reiterated that Sri Lanka and the CTED have had a long tradition of cooperation, and that his Directorate fully supported Sri Lanka’s renewed efforts to restore democracy and the Rule of Law.
Minister Ratnayake said that the government has decided to enact three new laws relating to the protection of national and public security and law and order, to comprehensively and efficiently respond to the contemporary manifestations and threats of extremism and terrorism, other attacks on national security, public order and maintenance of essential services including organized crime.