Nine senior Police officers have been appointed as Hostage Negotiators in keeping with international aviation obligations as part of crisis management during a possible aircraft hi-jacking or a hostage situation.

This is the first of such initiative in Sri Lanka.

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd)Kamal Gunaratne who is also the Chairman National Civil Aviation Security Committee (NCASC) handed over their letters of appointment today.

The team of Hostage Negotiators have undergone training offered by the United Nations Mission in USA in 2006.

Deputy Director General, Aviation Security Regulation P.A Jayakantha said the appointments marks the fulfillment of an internationally recognized norm that has been in practice among all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member states.

He said this national requirement has been consistently discussed since 2016 during the NCASC meetings.  

“There are two international conventions -Hague and Tokyo, governing and regulating responses in hostage situations which Sri Lanka too has ratified”, he further added.

Newly appointed Hostage Negotiators with Defence Secretary Maj.Gen.(Retd)Kamal Gunaratne