Army sends first female officers to serve as UN military observers

The first two Sri Lanka Army female officers selected to serve in the Central African Republic as Military Observers (MILOBS) in the UN Peace Keeping Mission in Central Africa (MINUSCA), called at the Army Headquarters this morning and received blessings of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake on the eve of their departure for Central African Republic.

The one year long assignment as MILOBS in the MINUSCA makes history since this is the first time the Sri Lanka Army has been invited to send two lady Officers to serve this office.

The two UN military observers, Major Dishanthi Mendis of the Sri Lanka Army General Service Corps (SLAGSC) and Major Nishanthi Liyanage of the Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps (SLAWC), during their interaction with the Commander of the Army expressed their desire to serve the UN with commitment and dedication.

The Commander of the Army said that this would be a golden opportunity for them to display their professional standards as lady Officers. In future, a few more female officers are also scheduled to leave as UN Observers.

After Sri Lanka joined the United Nations Organization in 1955, the first UN mission of the Army was sent to Congo in the African continent. Its mission commenced in 1960 and ended in 1962. (Colombo Gazette)

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