Sri Lanka tells foreign entities not to interfere in sovereign decision

Sri Lanka today told foreign entities not to interfere in a sovereign decision taken by the Government when appointing a new Army Commander.

The Foreign Ministry said that the appointment of the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is a sovereign decision by the Head of State.

“Foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka is unwarranted and unacceptable,” the Foreign Ministry said.

The Foreign Ministry said that articulating a position of concern on this appointment by certain bilateral partners and international organizations, based on allegations, is regrettable and contrary to the principles of natural justice espoused by all responsible members of the international community.

The United States, Canada and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights raised deep concerns by Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva’s appointment as Army Commander in Sri Lanka despite credible allegations of gross human rights violations against him during the war.

Lieutenant-General Silva commanded Sri Lanka’s 58th Division during the final stages of the military campaign against the LTTE (‘Tamil Tigers’) in 2009, and successive UN investigations have implicated his division in alleged serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. (Colombo Gazette)

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