Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi has issued a directive to all military personnel, banning them from taking part in any war related commemorations, other than the events organized by the Government.
The move comes amidst reports that a commemoration has being organized in Kurunegala which is expected be held under the patronage of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has not been invited for the commemoration to be held in Colombo on May 18, which will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
However, the Kurunegala event is supposed to be on May 19.
Hettiarachchi told a news conference in Colombo that permission has not being granted to any military personnel to attend any commemoration event in Kurunegala.
The defence secretary also added that due to the high cost, the commemoration event organised by the government will not have a military parade, but a cultural show will be held at the Independence Square in Colombo, after the commemoration ceremony at the War Heroes Monument in Battaramulla.