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* Sri Lanka to recall commander of peacekeeping contingent in Mali
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 11:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's military said that it will recall its commander leading a U.N. peacekeeping contingent in Mali even though it does not agree with the U.N. request alleging the officer of human rights violations.

Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said Saturday that it will comply with the U.N. request, even though it doesn't believe Col. Kalana Amunupure is guilty of any human rights abuses in the last stages of Sri Lanka's civil war, AP reported.

"There may be allegations. But he has not done anything wrong. He has not committed any war crimes. We will appeal and send him back," Atapattu was quoted as saying.

Following a review of the human rights background of the commander of the Sri Lankan contingent deployed to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the Secretariat has requested that the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to immediately repatriate him to Sri Lanka.


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