Robust defence mechanism to stall foreign terrorists: Sagala

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The security plan involves the Immigration and Emigration Dept. Interpol and the local defence apparatus

 

MB_1-1Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said Sri Lanka had developed a strong defence mechanism to protect the country from foreign terrorists.   

Addressing a recent Interpol-sponsored event at Colombo Hilton, he said the security plan involved the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Interpol and the local defence apparatus   
“Although there is no imminent threat of any terrorist resurgence internally, we cannot afford to rest, especially in the light of the wave of terrorism sweeping across the South Eastern and South Asian regions,” the minister said. 

 
He said Sri Lanka had not escaped this global reality and therefore Sri Lanka’s law enforcement mechanism – with the support of their international partners including Interpol – had resorted to drastic action to counter foreign terrorists.   


“We have already integrated our immigration system with Interpol’s criminal database. If foreign terrorists attempted to enter Sri Lanka, they will be dealt with in accordance with our immigration and extradition laws,” the minister said. 

 
He said, “We extend our gratitude to Interpol for developing the I-24/7 global police communications system to connect law enforcement officers in all member countries. It enables authorized users to share sensitive and urgent police information with their counterparts around the globe, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This system enables investigators to access Interpol’s range of criminal databases. 


Authorized users can search and cross-check data in a matter of seconds, with direct access to databases on suspected criminals or wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents, stolen motor vehicles, fingerprints, DNA profiles, stolen administrative documents and stolen works of art.   

 

Although there is no imminent threat of any terrorist resurgence internally, we cannot afford to rest, especially in the light of the wave of terrorism sweeping across the South Eastern and South Asian regions


“It is also encouraging to know that Interpol is now focusing on extending access to INTERPOL services out to front-line officers such as immigration and customs officials. All these efforts, in turn strengthen effective border management, which is usually the first line of defence against the movement of foreign fighter terrorists across borders.”  

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