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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2905

Shavendra Silva Appointed Sri Lanka's Army Despite International Condemnation

Army Chief of Staff Major General Shavendra Silva has been appointed as the new army commander by President Maithripala Sirisena, despite international condemnation.

Major General Shavendra Silva was appointed as the new Army Commander and received his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning.

Secretary to HE the President Mr Udaya R Seneviratne, General (Retd) Shantha Kottegoda and a few officials were present during the occasion.

He is the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army.

He succeeds Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake who served as the Commander of the Army for more than 2 years.

In the meantime, tThe United States Embassy in Colombo has expressed its concerns over the appointment of Lt. General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander. In a statement the Embassy said: “The United States is deeply concerned by the appointment of Lt. General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander.

The allegations of gross human rights violations against him, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible.

- Asian Tribune -

President Maithripala Sirisena presenting the letter of appointment to Major General Shavendra Silva as the new Commander of the Army. Maj Gen Silva succeeds Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake, who retired on Sunday.
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