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The 3rd consecutive Defence Seminar in Sri Lanka themed 'Post-Conflict Sri Lanka - Challenges & Regional Stability', will be commenced today   at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo.

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake will address the inaugural session of the three-day event.


Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunge, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, senior military officials, state officials of the leading Government institutions and distinguished invitees will be the guest speakers. Guest speakers from foreign countries also have assured their contribution to the seminar and a number of foreign delegates will also participate at the event.


The Defence Seminar is an annual international gathering that brings together senior military personnel, administrators, bureaucrats and intellectuals from around the globe to share experiences and discuss matters on a range of topics and issues related to Sri Lanka's post-conflict achievements and development.


The three day international seminar will create an interactive platform to deliberate on a wide range of issues related to post-conflict reconstruction, social integration, reconciliation and regional stability at regional level giving an analytical approach to the Sri Lankan experience.


The international conclave of defence personalities is a brain child of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The inaugural conference was held in 2011 and the second was held last year which saw a distinguished gathering of over 270 local and foreign participants from 44 countries.

During the last gathering Sri Lanka's reconciliation program came under praise especially the rehabilitation of ex combatants by the international participants.

 
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