Top US defence official examines SL military role

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US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence (DASD) for South and Sout Eeast Asia Dr. Amy Searight, who concluded her three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday, examined the future role of Sri Lankan security forces, the US embassy said today.

“During her visit, Dr. Searight examined the future role Sri Lankan security forces could play in humanitarian assistance, responding to natural disasters and increased participation in overseas peace keeping operations,” a statement said.

Dr. Searight met Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Foreign Secretary Chitranganee Wagiswara to discuss the Sri Lankan government’s efforts on security sector reforms, as well as training and getting personnel for United Nations peacekeeping operations. DASD Searight paid official calls upon the Chief of Defence Staff, and the respective Tri-Service Commanders, to stress the need for land returns, reconciliation and a credible transitional justice mechanism, and to discuss future security requirements. She had dinner with Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Harsha De Silva, State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene and State Enterprise Development Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne.

DASD Searight placed a priority on meeting with human rights activists and emphasized the “key role civil society plays in informing military policy and defence relationships.” She raised concerns about accountability and reconciliation efforts during discussions with senior military leaders. During discussions with the NGOs involved in de-mining, DASD Searight discussed ongoing demining work in the Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka and reaffirmed “the United States was committed to addressing the landmine problem in Sri Lanka,” which since 1993 had received U.S. assistance worth 6 billion rupees ($43 million). She concluded her visit by travelling to the Institute for Peace Support Operations Training – Sri Lanka, where forces are trained prior to joining UN peace-keeping missions, the statement added.

  Comments - 14

  • tony Monday, 21 December 2015 11:39 PM

    Wholesale sell out tks to yamapalanya . Local goverment polls wl realy intresting ...asking and eating ....

    Sapu Monday, 21 December 2015 11:40 PM

    Sl should deploy peacekeepers against ISIS with US help. SL soldiers could help protect historic sites

    ferpogson Tuesday, 22 December 2015 06:29 PM

    The hidden agenda is to get them beheadedby the ISIS?

    siri Monday, 21 December 2015 11:50 PM

    who is in charge here US or Sri lanka

    Nuke Tuesday, 22 December 2015 12:24 AM

    Why is US always concerned about srilankas security? US base in lanka?

    Darm Wednesday, 23 December 2015 04:50 AM

    No country in the world would allow this kind of ridiculing of her forces by a foreigner! It seems we are a role model colony of the West.

    Bippity Boppity Boo Tuesday, 22 December 2015 02:51 AM

    Well yes, the JVP will win handsomely. Not MR.

    Lanka Tuesday, 22 December 2015 04:16 AM

    Well, someone has to keep an eye!

    Citizen Tuesday, 22 December 2015 07:08 AM

    Gamarala may masagge her with all facility

    Nims Tuesday, 22 December 2015 08:39 AM

    Yeh, even the Temple of Tooth was bombed by the LTTE Terrorists

    Nims Tuesday, 22 December 2015 08:41 AM

    They blamed China for encroaching Sri Lanka. But see what is happening now. They will sell the entire country to US

    Reasonable Man Tuesday, 22 December 2015 08:50 AM

    Simple my dear, Human rights violations........

    RidiculousRepublic Tuesday, 22 December 2015 09:01 AM

    Its ridiculous, that security forces who fought successfully against terrorism going to get marginalized their capabilities, according to foreign agendas.

    nalaka Tuesday, 22 December 2015 09:52 AM

    who the hell are US To monitor our forces

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