Army established new Directorate for Overseas Operations
assures continued support to the
'The Army has proved its self and it need not carry
any 'labels' and nothing is a daunting task as it has done a greater
service to the motherland and also to the entire world'. 'The Army has
the guts, knowledge and the credibility and as policy makers, we will
provide all the support', said the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence
Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC attending the inauguration of the Directorate
of Overseas Operations (DOO) of the Sri Lanka Army in Colombo, today
(12th Thursday, April).
The first ever DOO of the Army is located in a
historically important colonial era Dutch building in Colpetty in
Colombo 3. The renovated old building, aptly named, the 'Sama Medura'
(Mansion of peace) was once the Headquarters of the Brigade in charge of
the security of the capital city.
Making a brief speech, Secretary Waidyaratne said that
the security forces have served the motherland extremely well and that
Sri Lankans are proud of them. He also said that they would be good
peacekeepers as well. He also mentioned of the efforts made to improve
their knowledge, particularly their language skills. Brushing aside
certain accusations, he said that it's only a myth and that he is
certain that the UN and the others will refute it. The Sri Lanka Army is
experienced, honourable and credible, he said.
He mentioned of a pledge made at the senior
ministerial conference in Vancouver to have a different approach and
even the procurement will be carried out quickly, swiftly and
transparently and will be able to achieve set targets.
He reiterated that legal and proper action will be
taken against individuals for their misconducts and it has been so in
the past as well, and that the UN is also satisfied with the course of
action in this regard. He emphasized the importance of upholding
discipline and also maintained that as humans if one or two individuals
have committed any offences the Army as a whole should not be held
responsible, that is the rule of law.
He also said that they would work closely with the Sri
Lanka Human Rights Commission in sending personnel on peace keeping
Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh
Senanayake, Head of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), Ms
Claire Meytraud, US Embassy diplomat and senior Army officers were
present at the occasion.