Army rejects UN charges against Lt. Col. Amunupure; but says comply written request

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The Sri Lanka Army said today that it would prove that Commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the UN peacekeeping force in Mali Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure, was not guilty of any Human Rights abuses in the last stages of the war.

Military Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said however that it would comply with the UN request and take steps to recall Lt. Col. Amunupure, when an official request was received.

“We have been informed that there was a request to recall the commander who is leading the UN peacekeeping contingent in Mali,” he said.

“But it was only a verbal request. We will recall the Commander according to the formalities following an official request. If the UN does not want him there, we have to recall him.

“However, we do not agree with the allegation. He has not done anything wrong. He has not committed any war crime. We will appeal and send him back,” Brigadier Atapattu said.

He said this was the second UN peacekeeping mission of Lt. Col. Amunupure.

The Brigadier said the first 200-strong Combat Convoy Company (CCC) contingent led by Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure was scheduled to return upon completion of their one-year tenure in Mali this December.

He said 20 officers and 240 other rankers commanded by Lieutenant Colonel K.L.I. Karunanayake with Major P.G.J Suriyasena as his Second-in-Command, would undertake responsibilities in Mali as replacement for the first CCC.

Last week, the United Nations asked the Sri Lankan Government to immediately recall the commander of the Sri Lankan UN peacekeeping force in Mali following its review of his Human Rights records.

UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced that the request for Lt. Col. Amunupure to leave Mali was made “based on recently received information.” He gave no details.

A total of 19,000 members of the Sri Lanka Army have to-date served in UN peacekeeping missions either as Combat Troops, Military Observers (156), Staff Officers or as Assistants to Staff Officers in several parts of the world.

During their overseas duties, three Sri Lankan Peacekeepers had died during 2005 and 2007.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 24

  • citizen silva Sunday, 21 October 2018 01:52 PM

    It is a very pathetic situvation just because accusations are made it does not imply said officer is guilty.It is my humble opinion Army Commander should set up panel of legal officers including AG Dept to counter allegations in foreign entities.If UN have have credible evidence they can initiate criminal case in courts of law in Sri Lank or submit to SL Military Police.If this goes on it will be wrong precedence. Armed Forces

    Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 21 October 2018 03:47 PM

    Your suggestion is good but works only in a civilized country. The war is now over for 9 years and not a single war criminal has been convicted and not a single victim has been compensated so far. The international community should increase its pressure on Sri Lanka.

    Kumar Monday, 22 October 2018 07:50 AM

    When army investigate itself the come out smelling like a rose. Srilankan army can be brutal and they had a free reign against the JVP. in the late 80s.

    RAW Monday, 22 October 2018 09:37 AM

    This site has got infested with LTTE sympathisers crawling like worms all over hell bent on tarnishing the image of the Army. It is very clear judging by the thumbs down votes for even reasonable comments.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 22 October 2018 10:52 AM

    If what ur saying is correct, then the best decision the Army needs to take is to allow an independent investigation and be happy after that bcos it will show what u claim is the truth. Be bold and go for it. If not, then you have a lot to hide.

    bill Monday, 22 October 2018 10:56 AM

    @laki - Ha, ha, ha. Laki you have been spot on target. See the number of thumbs downs you have got.

    Inradananada Amarakoon Sunday, 21 October 2018 03:05 PM

    This is the consequence of co sponsoring US accusations and facilitating UN resolution 30/1 in Geneva (2015).

    Gadaffi Sunday, 21 October 2018 03:05 PM

    When UN guys visit SL we should set up one mariyakade aunty

    Unchikun Sunday, 21 October 2018 03:14 PM

    Well done the UN. Now you have got Sri Lanka to answer to the international community. Better still, the army. Well done. Keep human rights violators out.

    Reject Sunday, 21 October 2018 05:31 PM

    Our army and all our politicians are famous for rejecting any charges against them.

    Peace Sunday, 21 October 2018 05:31 PM

    SL should call back it's entire peace keeping force . There is no need to send our personnel. They have better things to do at home. Our forces are being reticuled in the world public. A disgrace to SL.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 22 October 2018 10:55 AM

    This is the repercussions of State criminality that is going to stay for decades. Yes it is a damn disgrace but only if we were to identify and punish the perpetrators it would have bought a lot of honor to Sri Lanka.

    666 Sunday, 21 October 2018 05:51 PM

    UN has become a kangaroo court. Was the officer given a chance to defend himself against the charges? How come former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair who is directly responsible for the carnage created by invading Iraq on a false pretext of chemical weapons had got a UN job as a special envoy to middle east? Hypocrisy at its best?

    Ajith Sunday, 21 October 2018 06:22 PM

    Why don't you pull out whole team ? saying you do not agree with UN's verdict on ARMY BOSS?

    William Sunday, 21 October 2018 06:46 PM

    Of course soldiers who have committed Human Rights violations have no place in the UN peace keeping contingents. But to me it looks like Sri Lankan Army is being targeted character-wise by some foreign country.Privately there are shocking allegations against the Indian Army but no one asks any questions about them.

    Hooligan goes as ambasaders Sunday, 21 October 2018 07:22 PM

    Maithri says, they are no offender ONLY in SRILANKA not in the world at LARGE.

    Kumara Dharmarathne Sunday, 21 October 2018 08:10 PM

    If the Commander in questioned had not done anything wrong to violate human rights,you have to prove that he is innocent and don't just let it go like that. Of course, it's always better to comply first as per their written request and then do the needful to clear the Commander's name.

    666 Monday, 22 October 2018 01:43 PM

    In civilized world it is, one is innocent till proven guilty and not guilty till proven innocent. Tony Blair had all the world accusing him for what he did to Iraq. It was proved in their own UK parliament. He is responsible for all the killings,rapes

    Jude Monday, 22 October 2018 05:41 AM

    SL Armed forces one of the most disciplined in the whole world!!! That's why those galant forces managed to wipe-out most ruthless terrorist outfit from SL soil !!! Since then SL forces were scrutinized by the whole WEST!! Why!! If terrorism and the threat is reduced, then most western countries stand to loose Billions of dollars !!! In the west couple of countries wants terrorism as a going concern!! Yeah, its a mega billion dollar business to them!!!

    LIVING IN THE WELL Monday, 22 October 2018 06:25 AM

    Untoucheble - Maithri says. ONLY IN SRI LANKA and not in the WORLD.

    Dee Monday, 22 October 2018 08:02 AM

    In any war both parties commit abuses on Humans, animals, property. In fact on everything! So what's the big deal?

    Jude Monday, 22 October 2018 08:28 AM

    British army committed crimes against humanity world over and in Iraq too!! Several inquiries done by British Govt however, no punishment for perpetrators!!?? And then American forces committing atrocities worldover as we speak!! But no UN or any agency looking into these crimes against Humanity!! What kind of HYPOCRISY is This!!???

    Ceylon Monday, 22 October 2018 09:04 AM

    don't do crimes.punishment follow you for life.

    Suresh Monday, 22 October 2018 01:05 PM

    The independent investigation is the only Way to prevent this kind of incidents.

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