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
20 August 2019