Security Forces Commander-West, Major General Ubaya Medawela has been appointed as the Military Adviser at the Office of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, defence sources said.
Major General Medawela is to assume duties in his new post at month's end, sources said.
Accordingly, Major General Medawela has relinquished duties as Security Forces Commander-West and Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps and been attached to the Army Headquarters from October 17.
Major General Medawela, who was also the military spokesmen, was a member of the delegation that attended the 17th UNHRC session in Geneva.
Major General Medawela is a graduate of the National Defence University of China. He was adjudged the most distinguished student of the Military Operations and Peace Keeping in Accordance with the Law Course at the Defence Institute of International Legal Studies, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. Over and above those courses he has also attended seminars and undertaken special visits and assignments to Chile, Brazil, Indonesia, Switzerland, UAE and UK.
Meanwhile, several changes were made in the Army with the change of the SFHQ-West. Accordingly, Major General R.Ratnasingham has been appointed as the Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps with effect from October 16.
Security Forces Commander-Kilinochchi, Major General S. Ranasinghe has been appointed as Security Forces Commander-West with effect from October 17, while Major General A. Karunasekera has been appointed Security Forces Commander-Kilinochchi, with effect from October 15.
Five Brigadiers and several Colonels and Lt. Colonels have also been transferred. (Sunil Jayasiri)