The United Nations (UN) and Sri Lanka held discussions on the deployment of troops to Mali, the Defence Ministry said.
The discussion on the military deployment of troops from Sri Lanka for UN peacekeeping operations in Mali and training of peacekeeping forces was held at the Defence Ministry yesterday.
UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Ms. Una McCauley and senior officials of the Ministry of Defence participated at the meeting.
During the meeting, cordial discussion were held regarding training, selection process of contingent members, pre-deployment training in curriculum, languages, social/cultural background, and knowledge on human rights (Women’s and Children’s Rights), the Defence Ministry said.
McCauley and the other officials said that they will provide the necessary facilities and resources to uplift the standards of training for the troops. Convenient methods for the selection process was also discussed at the meeting.
UN Advisor on Reconciliation and Development Ms. Gita Sabharwal, Additional Secretary (Defence) RMS Sarath Kumara, Deputy Military Liaison Officer Brigadier WANM Weerasinghe, Foreign Ministry official and senior officials of the Ministry of Defence were also present at the meeting. (Colombo Gazette)