US expresses concern over new Sri Lanka army chief

ECONOMYNEXT – United States has expressed concern over the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Sri Lanka’s Army Commander. 

"The United States is deeply concerned by the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander," the US embassy in Colobo said in a statement.

"The allegations of gross human rights violations against him, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible.

"This appointment undermines Sri Lanka’s international reputation and its commitments to promote justice and accountability, especially at a time when the need for reconciliation and social unity is paramount."

Sri Lanka President appointed Shavendra silva as army commander effective from August 19 the military said. (Colombo/Aug19/2019)