The army today said it was disappointed that two senior military officers were refused permission by the US to attend military programme over human rights allegations.
Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya said that one officer had already been cleared for the US government sponsored programme after it was rejected on an earlier occasion but yet it was rejected again this year.
Major General Jagath Dias and Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe had applied to attend the military programme but the application was rejected.
Jayasuriya said that the applications were rejected on the basis that they were part of two army brigades which are facing allegations of committing human rights abuses during the final stages of the war.
He said that some groups were attempting to paint the wrong picture about Sri Lanka and the US move could be seen as a result of those attempts.
General Jayasuriya also said the intelligence agencies in Sri Lanka were on alert of any attempt to disrupt the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka directly or indirectly. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Easwaran Rutnam