The Sri Lanka Army says out of the 63 countries that have been invited to attend the 2012 Defence Seminar, 44 countries not confirmed their attendance so far.
The Sri Lankan Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said the theme for this year’s seminar will be, ‘Towards Lasting Peace and Stability.’ According to him, the countries that have confirmed participation are the United States, the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, the Netherlands, Brunei, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Uganda and India.
The 2012 Defence Seminar will be held in Colombo from 8 to 12 August at Colombo Galadari Hotel, under the auspices of SL Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Army Commander Lt. General Jagath Jayasuriya.
Speakers from the military, government officials, politicians and foreign guest speakers are scheduled to address the seminar. At present, of the foreign speakers expected to deliver speeches at the Defence Seminar, are three foreign military speakers and eight foreign intellectuals, who are considered experts on the subject matter.
Meanwhile, international human rights groups and Tamil activists have called on over 63 invited countries to boycott a conference aimed at sharing Sri Lanka’s war experience.
They accused the Sri Lankan government of repeatedly “lying” of political reforms to settle the national question.
The Sri Lanka will never engage in political reforms they have always said that political reforms is part of the process but they have never done it. It is empty rhetoric. It is basically a big lie,” an activist added.