By Colombo Telegraph –
External Affairs Ministry G.L. Peiris has received Government approval for new diplomatic appointments where key serving Army officers are being posted to number two slots overseas, according to the Sunday Times Sri Lanka. The newspaper said in terms of this, Major General Shavendra Silva will be Sri Lanka’s Deputy Ambassador in South Africa. He is currently Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
Major General Jagath Alwis will be the new Deputy Ambassador to Israel. Formerly in charge of the military component of Presidential Security, he is now Director General-General Staff (DGGS) at Army Headquarters.
Major General Kamal Gunaratne will be the new Deputy Ambassador to Brazil. The current Ambassador is former Police Chief Mahinda Balasuriya. Maj. Gen. Gunaratne is currently Adjutant General at Army Headquarters.
Major General Shavendra Silva, Major General Jagath Alwis and Major General Kamal Gunaratne were allegedly involved in war crimes according to several media reports. Even after the war, Army chief of staff division, Director General , Major Gen. Jagath Alwis was accused for carrying out white Van operations.