The controversial Deputy Head of Mission to Sri Lanka’s representative office to the UN in New York, Major General Shavendra Silva made a brief entry and exit into the meeting between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon yesterday.
De Silva was pictured briefly leading the Presidential delegation but walked out soon afterwards and did not remain inside the meeting room for the Rajapaksa-Ban talks, sources said.
De Silva was recently excluded from participating in the deliberations of a committee on Peace Keeping Operations advising the UN Secretary General.
The Sri Lankan diplomat was General Officer Commanding of the military’s controversial 58 Division that battled the LTTE in the Wanni in the final days of the conflict. The UN Panel of Experts Report alleged that it was in surrendering to Silva’s 58 Division that several LTTE members were shot dead. The Major General is also the subject of a US lawsuit that accuses him of war crimes.
During the meeting with President Rajapaksa, Ban called for a holistic approach in dealing with the island’s outstanding problems of reconciliation and noted the conduct of the recently concluded Northern provincial elections.