The United Nations is going to announce the extent of the Exclusive
Economic Zone belonging to Sri Lanka soon and hence the island nation's defense
strategy should be to give more teeth to its naval forces, a senior
parliamentarian from Colombo said while participating in the discussions on
budget, according to Sri Lankan Media reports.
Participating in the third reading debate on Budget 2021 under the
expenditure heads of ministries of Defence and Public Security, a Colombo
district MP. Patali Champika Ranawaka said that countries with a bigger
landmass prepared their defence strategies focused on ground forces, while
smaller countries such as Britain and the Netherlands concentrated more on
their naval power.
strategy, too, should be prepared giving more weight to the Navy
“Sri Lanka with a sea area 23 times larger than its landmass too should
think on the same lines. The United Nations is going to announce the exclusive
sea zone belonging to Sri Lanka in the future. Therefore, I propose that our
defence strategy, too, should be prepared giving more weight to the Navy.
“We must not forget how the LTTE could make use of our foreign policy that
was changed under the JR Jayewardene government to become a pro-American
country during the times when Russia and the US were in a power struggle. Again
a similar situation is cropping up.
We recently saw the QUAD security arrangement. A new strategic alliance by
the name of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue was formed by the United
States, Japan, Australia
and India. This is against the Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean. It
has been dubbed the Asian NATO.
should therefore maintain a non-aligned policy
If we are going to take sides in this struggle of a new cold war our
security and economy will be in danger. We should therefore maintain a
non-aligned policy. I think that all our governments should follow Prime
Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike government’s policy of keeping Indian Ocean a
At the time of the end of the war, our Navy gained international attention
by maintaining a reliable sea supply route. It maintained those supplies amidst
Sea Tiger attacks. TODAY the Somalia pirate problem is not that strong but our
naval force still could become the strongest Navy in providing security
services in this region.
plays a pivotal role in defence affairs the world over
“Today, technology plays a pivotal role in defence affairs the world over.
Recently, the leading nuclear expert of Iran was assassinated. Prior to that
Qasem Soleimani, leader of Iranian Quds Force was assassinated. Both
assassinations were not carried out by persons but automatic electronic
The Srilankan defence forces must get ready to be aware of digital technology
and latest innovations of cyber warfare. But in our country if our authorities
get hold of such technology, it would be used to hunt opposition politicians
and to listen to their telephone conversations,.”
Ranawaka said that the head of State and Chief
Executive holding the defence portfolio was better for the national interest.