Appointment of Army Commander is a sovereign decision by Head of State: Foreign Ministry

Aug 20, 2019 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry says that the appointment of Army Commander is a sovereign decision by the Head of State and foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions is unwarranted and unacceptable.

Releasing a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that articulating a position of concern on this appointment by certain bilateral partners and international organizations, based on allegations, is regrettable and contrary to the principles of natural justice espoused by all responsible members of the international community.

Full Statement

Appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army

With reference to comments that have appeared since the above appointment, the following is noted:

• The appointment of the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is a sovereign decision by the Head of State.

• Foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka is unwarranted and unacceptable.

• Articulating a position of concern on this appointment by certain bilateral partners and international organizations, based on allegations, is regrettable and contrary to the principles of natural justice espoused by all responsible members of the international community. 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

20 August 2019

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