US deeply concerned over Shavendra’s appointment

The United States is deeply concerned by the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander.

The US Embassy in Colombo headed by Ambassador Alaina Teplitz said that the allegations of gross human rights violations against him, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible.

“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,” the US Embassy in Colombo said.

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Major General Shavendra Silva as the new Commander of the Army today.

Shavendra Silva was appointed to the post despite concerns raised over the risk his appointment may pose to Sri Lanka’s cooperation with UN Peacekeeping operations and the defence cooperation between the US and Sri Lanka.

Shavendra Silva replaces Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake who retired from service yesterday (Sunday).

Major General Shavendra Silva has been accused of war crimes linked to the final stages of the war.


  1. The United States is begining to meddle more in Srl Lanka’s internal affairs than China. Bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

    The only thing Major General Shavendra Silva can legitimately be accused of, is, furthering his career on the blood, sweat and tears of his incredibly brave soldiers.

  2. Is the USA has become pawn of India? Is USA run by Indian Indians in the USA? Now Athul Keshap is gone I thought USA policies will change but it is not to be. Time the Hispanics take over.

  3. Why is that the US government deems it fit to tell us who we can and can’t appoint as our army commander. Who gave them the right to interfere in another country’s internal affairs.

    We as Sri lankans need to uphold our sovereignty without letting foreign countries dictate our internal policies.

    lt.gen. Shavendra Silva was appointed as the army commander on his own merits as being one of the most valiant army officers during the war and for leading us to victory at nandikadal. He has been awarded with the highest awards for bravery and he deserves this position. All he has against him are baseless allegations and unproven allegations cannot be used to halt a person’s career.

    Therefore I truly believe that the US and its ambassador should mind their own business and not meddle in our internal affairs.

  4. People who fear about something they think and talk about more and more about that thing,likr American authorities talk about Srilanka .Still Americans do not know Sri lanka is a fully freedom country ,and the people of democratic socialist Srilanka is the one and only body enjoyed the privilege of elect their superior daministative bodies. The seeret is this. When we plin our mind to the history there was no country as united states of america or american people .During the anglo xexion holy war . Some britains were exile and they went and concered the red indians country and say it is their country .So what a brutal and shamful and antihuman policy followed the forefathers of present Americans.
    Americans need to hide this truth that is why Americans talk about srilanka and others small countries . We sri lankans happpyly say to Americans not to be scared to sri lanka and its people ,because as a Buddhist country we spread “The Mithree” througt the world .


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