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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - 18:16
Foreign Ministry responds to international entities and says the appointment of Army Commander is sovereign decision by Head of State
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The government has responded today to the comments made by certain foreign and local factions on the appointment of the new Commander of the Sri Lanka army.

A communiqué issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which refers to the comments that have appeared since the above appointment, says: the appointment of the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is a sovereign decision by the Head of State.

It says that foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka are unwarranted and unacceptable.The Ministry further states that articulating a position of concern on this appointment by certain bilateral partners and international organizations, based on allegations, is regrettable and contrary to the principles of natural justice espoused by all responsible members of the international community.

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva will assume duties as the 23rd commander of the Sri Lanka Army tomorrow.

The US Embassy in Colombo, the UN Human Rights Commissioner, the Canadian Embassy in Colombo and the TNA issued communiqués against the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.  

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) issuing a statement note that they fully  share the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's serious concerns about the appointment of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, given the allegations of grave human rights and humanitarian law violations against him.

In addition, views were expressed at several media conferences held in Colombo today on the new appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.

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