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DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS, ISN, L, AND S/CT

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER KNNP MCAP PINR PINS PARM PREL CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA TO CONSIDER ADOPTING CONVENTION FOR THE
SUPPRESSION OF ACTS OF NUCLEAR TERRORISM

REF: STATE 102149

(SBU) On July 26, Acting DCM and Econ Chief met with MFA
Additional Secretary for UN and Multilateral Affairs Sarala
Fernando to urge the Government of Sri Lanka (GSL) to sign
the Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear
Terrorism. Fernando questioned whether the convention was
relevant to Sri Lanka, which does not have any nuclear
facilities. A/DCM explained that the convention covers the
illicit trade in nuclear materials, which could be diverted
for terrorist purposes, and argued that since Colombo is a
significant transshipment port, Sri Lanka should adhere to
the Convention. He pointed out that this would further
require national legislation to implement these obligations.
Fernando noted that Sri Lanka already participates in the
U.S.-sponsored Container Security Initiative (CSI) and
Megaports program. She emphasized that combating terrorism
is a top priority for Sri Lanka, and undertook to study in
depth the full text of the convention. Post will report any
further developments septel.
MOORE

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