By Jamila Najmuddin
Major General Shevendra Silva has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York and will take up his new post soon, sources at the External Affairs Ministry told Daily Mirror online this evening.
Major General Silva’s appointment to the UN comes amidst human rights allegations being raised against the government and the military which resulted in UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon appointing a panel to advise him on Sri Lanka.
Foreign Ministry sources said that after taking over from former Deputy Permanent Representative Bandula Jayasekera, Major General Silva is expected to “clear the air” over the concerns being raised at the UN regarding Sri Lanka and the final stages of the war against the LTTE which ended last year.
Major General Shavendra Silva was allegedly among those mentioned by MP Sarath Fonseka in a media interview where he had said that the former 58 Division Commander had received orders to shoot at sight LTTE suspects who came with white flags to surrender to the army during the final stage of war. Fonseka was later indicted in Court over his claims.
During the war as the 58 Division Commander, Major General Shavendra Silva 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. (Daily Mirror online)
Ranjith Tuesday, 24 August 2010 16:37
Very good Sir, very very good. With the blessing of the Triple gem, Pls eradicate the LTTE network at UN!. We all support you all time.
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ruwan Wednesday, 25 August 2010 05:22
is mahinda sending him at the request of UN ... for inquiry ... a cover up story to make locals happy :-)
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malkanthi Wednesday, 25 August 2010 07:36
He is a hero alright, but wonder diplomatically how eloquent he is, becuase this position is differnt to military positions.
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DXB Tuesday, 24 August 2010 16:42
These are the real Hero of the war , SF sling mud at every one who lead the country to Victory .
It is SF's Mouth and the attitude put him under the Bar.
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local boy Tuesday, 24 August 2010 16:49
great man to useless place
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Sunil Shantha Tuesday, 24 August 2010 16:52
we very proud to have a person of your caliber at UN where you could bring tritors to their knees.
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TDDC Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:03
If they arrest him and send to Hague for a trial ?? This is a confusing story to me.
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IrajCalifornia Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:14
GR is the man ..!!! good move
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Faz Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:30
It is seem to be filled most of the important and diplomat post by senior military personal in near future.
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mata nikang hithunan Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:31
Sir, like General Sarath Fonseka, you too remains in our heart as a true hero. Never go against your Conscience.
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uni Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:32
Aren't we moving against democracy and moving towards military ruled country
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MUSNAD Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:49
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mich Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:55
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Mevan Tuesday, 24 August 2010 18:34
And what does he know about diplomacy?
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Observer Tuesday, 24 August 2010 18:35
Getting closer to the UN panel?
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n.mithra Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:47
'Square peg' in a round hole!
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Ananda S Wednesday, 25 August 2010 05:29
My warmest congrtulations on your new venture and hope you can help our motherland to erradicate Pro-LTTE supporters from UN.
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Rila Wednesday, 25 August 2010 05:43
It is not a carefully taken decision I think. Are we not putting him into the mouth of danger- easy place to hand him over to Hague.
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Ranjith Wednesday, 25 August 2010 06:10
Gen Shavindra knows the art of walking to Lions den and he would be safe, my dear. The best choice. and a clever move to peg Monkey Boon.
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Muhandiram Imsid Wednesday, 25 August 2010 06:09
Like our Ambassador in Israel, the former Air Force Commander, will he also make statement supporting Israel using force against the Palestinians?
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Ranjana Wednesday, 25 August 2010 06:39
Easy prey for the UN , a Sacrifice is made on who's behalf?
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D.N hetti Wednesday, 25 August 2010 07:03
this time he is on another mission to catch the white LTTE,
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Thomas Wednesday, 25 August 2010 09:36
He may be arrested there for war crimes and will be used against GOSL
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Bakamoona Wednesday, 25 August 2010 13:19
Congratulations Major. All the very best.
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Observer Wednesday, 25 August 2010 15:43
He is going closer to the UN panel.
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udana Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:28
all the very best wishes to gen. shaveendra. a person who was in the battle front and knows how to react to any situation. he will handle the things for sure
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