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Sri Lanka Army’s 5th international defence conference, ‘Defence Seminar – 2015’ which was held in Colombo under the theme of ‘National Security in the Context of Emerging Global Threats’ concluded on Wednesday with a success note.

The annual conclave was attended by over 350 participants including 66 foreign participants representing 35 countries and foreign missions. The former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai attended the opening session and delivered the keynote address. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence BMUD Basnayake delivered the introductory speech while the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva delivered the welcome address.

Former President Karzai in his keynote address said that he was happy to see the strides Sri Lanka has made during the last several years in terms of development since the end of the conflict. He also gave a descriptive insight into the past incidents which led to the conflict in Afghanistan and the influence that external and internal elements wielded over the outcome of it.

“There are only two options to be free from terrorist menace, either you have to return to the morality of international politics or you have to conduct your internal politics with high degree of morality. There will not be an end to terrorism and extremism as long as we do not look at terrorism as a common threat to the world order. It would not certainly end if some of us would say that it does not affect us. It is a collective urge if we were to get out of it,” he said.

The Seminar had also highlighted the matters that nations need to focus their attention on as a result of security threats developing across the globe. The concept of national security was considered in its broadest sense, which includes the security of persons, institutions, properties and national territory. The speakers showed that the frequency of conflicts between states and within states has been significantly reduced.

The seminar which commenced on September 01, ended on September 02 with a colorful event which made the opportunity for all to have a pleasant farewell.