The External Affairs Ministry has said that Sri Lanka Army Director of Operations Major General Shavendra Silva has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN).
External Affairs Ministry sources have been quoted in the media saying he is to take up the posting shortly.
Major General Silva was the commander of the Sri Lanka Army’s 58 Division during the war against the LTTE and was instrumental in the military capturing several former LTTE strongholds including the Mannar rice Bowl, Nachchikuda, Devils Point, Pooneryn, Kilinochchi, Elephant Pass, Vishvamadu and Puthukudirippu.
The local media quoting External Affairs Ministry sources have said Major General Silva, who was a frontline commander during the battles, is believed to be capable of sorting out the issues raised by the UN and its Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Major General Silva will fill the vacancy created by Bandula Jayasekera who was recalled this month.
This appointment comes in the wake of the UN’s allegations of human rights violations during the final stages of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last year.