UN tells Sri Lanka to repatriate Mali contingent commander

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

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that this will be done at their cost, as per normal procedures.

Lieutenant Colonel Kalana Amunupure commands the Sri Lankan contingent in Mali with Major Hasantha Hennadi as his Second-in-Command.

The decision to repatriate the commander was made by the UN following a review, based on recently received information.

“You know, every… all peacekeepers go through vetting.  There were some extra procedures done with the Sri Lankan contingents that have gone through this.  This decision follows information… new information that was received by the UN, and so we acted on that information, and we’ve now asked the Sri Lankan authorities to find a replacement for the commander of their contingent,” Stephane Dujarric said.

He said the Secretariat remains engaged with the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka on the matter. (Colombo Gazette)