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Sri Lanka to implement UN Security Council's measures on counter-terrorism

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

on Wednesday said it will implement the Security Council's resolution to curb terrorism and violent extremism in the country, weeks after the country saw the worst jihadi attack.

The announcement came days after the visit by the UN (ASG) and of the (CTED) Michele Coninsx, during which both sides discussed measures needed to be taken by Colombo to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and counter violent extremism, in compliance with the international counter-terrorism obligations.

"expressed its commitment to the 'Whole of government' approach in counter terrorism and violent extremism," the said in a statement.

During her talks with the Sri Lankan officials, Coninsx also discussed terrorist financing and asset freezing, dealing with foreign terrorist fighters, the counter terrorism legislation, countering radicalisation and violent extremism, effective against terrorist travel, and the threat posed by the internet and in spreading radical ideology and violent extremism.

The officials apprised the ASG about recent moves by the country, like banning three groups--National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), Jamaathe Millathe Ibrahim (JMI) and Willayath As Seylani (WAS)--as terrorist organisations after the April 21 serial bomb blasts in three churches and as many luxury hotels in which 258 people died and over 500 injured.

According to Sri Lankan police, following the blasts around 2,300 people were arrested, of which a majority - over 1820 - were Muslims.

Coninsx also informed about the further measures that needs to take in order to be compliant with international counter terrorism obligations under the resolutions 2178 of 2014 and 2396 of 2017.

The ASG was visiting the country on the invitation of Sri Lankan had requested UN for the visit following the devastating terror attacks to counter the new threat posed by terrorism.

At a review meeting held at the conclusion of the visit, Marapana received an assessment from the visiting ASG and discussed future cooperation with the Government, the statement said.

UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanna Singer, officials from the CTED and the UN Country team were associated with the ASG. which has been coordinating with the CTED, will engage in necessary follow up from the visit, it said.

The CTED was established by the as a special political mission to assist the UN Security Council's Counter -(CTC). It is tasked with carrying out the policy decisions of the CTC, conduct expert assessments of member states and facilitate counter-terrorism technical assistance to

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 18:00 IST