Colombo, Sep 26 (BAN/ AD): Citing Sri Lankan decision to appoint an alleged war criminal to a top military post the United Nations peacekeeping department has decided to ban the using non-essential Sri Lankan army troops in U.N. peacekeeping missions.
Recently the U.N., the United States, and the European Union had objected Lt. General Shavendra Silva’s appointment as chief of the Sri Lankan army.
During final stages of LTTE conflict Silva lead 58th division army. The Sri Lankan military has been accused of committing war crimes during crushing LTTE which resulted in killings of thousands of Tamil civilians.
The U.N. High Commissioner for the United Nations, Michelle Bachelet, announced last month that Silva’s appointment was “deeply troubling” given the “serious allegations of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against him and his troops during the war.”