Lanka increases UN troops

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has given instructions to the army to increase the number of troops sent on UN Peacekeeping operations every six months from 950 to 5000, Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya told troops in Kilinochchi today.

“PLANS to increase the Army’s UN Peace Keeping Mission contingent quota to 5000, from its present 900 in number at one given time are underway on a directive given by HE the President Mahinda Rajapaksa once a proper estimate on related multiple technical needs, associated with such an increase is complete. Our troops will remain prepared to leave at short notice, no sooner than the UN green light is given,” Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya said while speaking to troops at the Mankulam Task Force-3 Headquarters, this morning.

Lieutenant General Jayasuriya during the tour to areas under Security Forces Headquarters, Kilinochchi (SFHQ-K) consecutively visited Task Force-3 Headquarters, Mankulam, 57 Division Headquarters, Kilinochchi, 58 Division Headquarters, Kilinochchi, 65 Division Headquarters, Thunukkai and 66 Division Headquarters, Pooneryn, met officers and soldiers and interacted freely with a large section of Army officers and soldiers serving those areas.

  Comments - 24

  • Monday, 05 April 2010 09:02 AM

    Mahinda must not get involved with the UN as he said they are jealous of him.

    Monday, 05 April 2010 09:08 AM

    Stop barking at the wrong tree. Minority should apply to join the Army.

    Monday, 05 April 2010 09:13 AM

    So MR is the Head of The UN Peace Keeping Forces as well !!!!
    Well done Sri Lanka.

    Monday, 05 April 2010 09:56 AM

    Female's...............careful??????????/

    Monday, 05 April 2010 09:58 AM

    oh.. u fool, don't shout on unknown things. this is not tax-payers money. they get paid by UN, that will be a good income source for soldiers

    Monday, 05 April 2010 10:01 AM

    I wonder whether UN will accept our non discplined army

    Monday, 05 April 2010 10:27 AM

    UN a source of employment for unwanted

    Monday, 05 April 2010 10:35 AM

    Election gundus just like petrol from plastic ,discovery of oil deposits etc.

    Monday, 05 April 2010 06:46 AM

    MR can dream and give any instructions, but the question is whether UN is preapred to accept more troops from SL ??????? Who has the answer???

    Monday, 05 April 2010 06:54 AM

    they will send all the troops for the fear of the solders !

    Monday, 05 April 2010 06:54 AM

    foreign exchange !

    Monday, 05 April 2010 07:00 AM

    Well done president. This is a V good move that will release some international pressure on SriLanka

    Monday, 05 April 2010 07:00 AM

    A Very Good Decision.

    Monday, 05 April 2010 07:05 AM

    Why President Mahinda Rajapaksa has not given instructions to the SL army to increase the number of troops from ethnic minority?

    Monday, 05 April 2010 07:10 AM

    MR and the commander are talking as if the UN is their own private entity.This is just an election gimmick.Just b'cos he wants can he do this.

    Monday, 05 April 2010 01:29 PM

    We can lease out our defence secretary too...for the UN. His service too has come to a halt. He is wasting the state resource.

    Monday, 05 April 2010 07:23 AM

    Shameless coward is again engaged in political propaganda on the eve of general election !!!!

    Monday, 05 April 2010 07:41 AM

    Good idea to pack the chaps who may be a threat. On the other hand, will the UN want Sri Lanka Army personal after the experience in Haiti.

    Monday, 05 April 2010 07:41 AM

    TO INVOLVE IN MORE WARCRIME/RAPE ETC??LIKE IN HAITI??-ALL TAX PAYERS MONEY

    Monday, 05 April 2010 07:49 AM

    Is this possible?? I thought it was UN who will decide on the numbers !!!

    Monday, 05 April 2010 07:50 AM

    A welcome decision. Troops sent on UN peacekeeping operations will benefit from enhanced income (by way of foreign allowances) apart from invaluable exposure and experience.

    Monday, 05 April 2010 08:28 AM

    well said..

    Monday, 05 April 2010 08:40 AM

    we do not want more people with weapons in SL. It is better to send them for employment abroad as long as we don't face another military uprising from any part of Sri Lanka.

    Monday, 05 April 2010 08:42 AM

    We do not pay for this. UN pays us in dollars. Our heroes will earn more by doing peace work.


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