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* Sri Lanka Army Women's Corp members for UN peacekeeping operations
Tue, Apr 13, 2010, 10:40 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has decided to send Army's Women Corp members for United Nations (UN) overseas peacekeeping operations.

Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya has said for the first time in the history of the Army it would send its Women's Corp members for UN peacekeeping missions.

Lieutenant General Jayasuriya in his New Year message said the number of soldiers and officers being sent for peace keeping missions would also be increased.

"We are ready to respond to a UN request if and when it is made," he has said.

Following directives received from the President, the United Nations contingent is to be raised to 5000 from the present 950 cadre at a time, he said in his messsage.

The Army Commander has said that after almost three decades of war and the eradication of terrorism Sri Lankans were preparing to celebrate the New Year with their hearts full of hope for a better future.

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