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* U.S. expresses concern over the appointment of Sri Lanka's Army Commander
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 06:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 19, Colombo: The United States today expressed concern over the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as new Army Commander by the President following the retirement of Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake.

The U.S. Embassy issuing a statement said the United States is deeply concerned by the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva who is alleged of human right violations during Sri Lanka's war against the Tamil Tiger terrorists.

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

"This appointment undermines Sri Lanka's international reputation and its commitments to promote justice and accountability, especially at a time when the need for reconciliation and social unity is paramount."

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Major General Shavendra Silva as the new Commander of the Army today after promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant General.

 

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