Chief Prelate condemns ban on Army Commander

2020-02-17 at 06:18

The Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter, the Most venerable Warakagoda Gnanarathana thera has condemned the US State Department’s move to impose a travel ban on Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.

Speaking to media in Kandy, the Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter said the entire Sri Lankan population is disappointed by the US decision to impose travel restrictions on the Army Commander.

Venerable Warakagoda Gnanarathana thera said Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva is an Army Commander who won the hearts of many, and therefore the imposition of such a restriction cannot be condoned. The Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter said his faction also requested the US Ambassador in Sri Lanka to take measures and lift the restriction and allow the Army Commander to continue to serve the country.

Meanwhile, yesterday, Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena formally conveyed to US Ambassador in Colombo Alaina Teplitz, of Sri Lanka’s strong objections to the travel restrictions imposed by the US Government on Amy Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva and his immediate family.

The United States has imposed sanctions on Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, for alleged human rights violations committed in 2009 during the conflict with the LTTE.

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement said the allegations of human rights violations against Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible.

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