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FM Hit back on EU, US, UN – “Appointment of Commander is a Sovereign Decision”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka in a special message issued on 20 August on the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as the 23rd Commander of the Army states his appointment is a sovereign decision by the Head of State and foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka is ‘unwarranted and unacceptable’.

The full text of the communiqué issued by FM is as follows;

APPOINTMENT OF LT. GEN. SHAVENDRA SILVA, COMMANDER OF THE SRI LANKA ARMY

With reference to comments that have appeared since the above appointment, the following is noted:

- 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.

- 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.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

20 August 2019

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