British Secretary of State for Defence Dr. Liam Fox has emphasized that the greatest challenge they confront was to defeat world terrorism which impedes world peace and co-existence.
The British Defence Secretary was delivering the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture. Pointing out that the LTTE was the most dangerous and ruthless terrorist outfit among terrorist groups in the world, Dr. Fox said that human bombs and the deployment of child soldiers for military activities was a flagrant violation of world humanitarian laws. He said confidence can be placed on the report to be presented by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission with regard to allegations made against Sri Lanka on the humanitarian operations. Terrorism had no consideration for international territorial limits.
Dr. Fox noted that terrorist violence was not limited to any zone in the world. As such, the onus of defeating terrorism was not limited to any country or Government. He underscored that this was the responsibility of the entire world. Praising the programme launched by Lakshman Kadirgamar to appraise the global community about the real nature of LTTE terroris, the British Secretary of State for Defence expressed his deepest condolence on behalf of Mr. Kadirgamar, who became a victim of a ruthless attack of the LTTE.
In his Memorial Lecture, Dr. Fox expressed optimism that peace and co-existence desired by Lakshman Kadirgamar may dawn in the face of the Sri Lankan Government’s programme of building a peaceful environment for the Tamil civilians after uprooting terrorism. The Kadirgamar memorial ceremony was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo.