AMBASSADOR SUBASINGHE SPEAKS AT THE 2004 AMBASSADORS'
FORUM "INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN COMBATING TERRORISM -
AN AGENDA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"
Annual Forum Sponsored by the International
Center for Terrorism Studies of the Potomac Institute
Ambassador Devinda R. Subasinghe was lead speaker at the Annual
Ambassadors' Forum sponsored by the International Center for Terrorism
Studies of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (www.PotomacInstitute.org)
at the National Press Club today. The 2004 Ambassadors Forum comprised
participation by a cross section of diplomats, US government officials,
academics and journalists and was titled "International
Cooperation in Combating Terrorism - An Agenda for the 21st Century".
Michael S. Swetnam, Chairman and CEO of the Board of the Potomac
Institute delivered the opening remarks and Prof Yonah Alexander,
Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies chaired the
Forum. The Potomac Institute of Policy Studies is an independent,
non profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies
and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science, technology
and security issues facing society, providing in particular, an
academic forum for the study of related policy issues. The Institute's
current endeavors have required the formation of special efforts
in terrorism and asymmetry, emerging threats and opportunities
Ambassador Subasinghe who made the opening speech, described
the Sri Lankan experience of the 20 year conflict where the full
spectrum of terrorism in all its manifestations were evident.
Ambassador Subasinghe said: "International cooperation to
combat terrorism must recognize the need to protect democratic
values and the necessity to actively participate in global markets".
His speech covered important facets of modem day terrorism and
the required global and national counter measures. He stated:
"Without understanding current and future threats and adversaries,
it is well nigh impossible to formulate effective policy or practical
responses". He appealed to the international community for
rapid implementation of all existing UN conventions, which provide
a solid legal framework for global efforts in the fight against
The Ambassadors for Algeria and Turkey also spoke at the 2004
Ambassadors' Forum which was telecast live on C-Span (www.cspan.org
). Australian TV, Egyptian TV and Voice of America.
click here for the full text of the speech given by Ambassador
Devinda R. Subasinghe at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Embassy of Sri Lanka
07 January 2004