US Ambassador summoned to Foreign Min. over travel ban on Army Chief
Posted on February 15th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana

The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka has been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Relations over the travel restriction imposed on Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.

The Government of the United States imposed travel restrictions on Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva and his immediate family members due to credible information of his involvement in gross violations of human rights”.

However, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement, pointing out that there were no substantiated or proven allegations of human rights violations against the Army Commander and strongly objected to the travel restrictions imposed on him.

Accordingly, the US  Ambassador to Sri Lanka has been summoned to the Ministry tomorrow (16) to convey Sri Lanka’s stance on the matter, stated Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

One Response to “US Ambassador summoned to Foreign Min. over travel ban on Army Chief”


    There are many in-depth studies on direct and active USA involvement in State Terrorism, war crimes and atrocities of extreme nature in other countries. It was Nelson Mandela who said “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Currently the USA maintains an imperialist network of over 800 military bases in 70 countries. The following sites provide a list of severe atrocities committed in other countries, by the USA government – and
    USA support for state terrorist regimes typically has taken the form of training their troops in “counterinsurgency,” now “counter-terrorism,” and by providing funds and loans, military equipment, and diplomatic backing. USA support for terrorists has been prominent in Latin America, the Middle-East, and Southern Africa. USA provided weapons, training, and extensive financial and logistical support to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua, who used terror tactics in their fight against the Nicaraguan government. USA provided training, arms, and funds to terrorists among the Cuban exiles. Among the reasons given to justify such support include destabilizing political movements that might have aligned with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, including popular democratic and socialist movements. Support was also geared toward ensuring a conducive environment for American corporate interests abroad, especially when these interests came under threat from democratic governments.

    Given the fact that USA and its western allies have been active in supporting international terrorism, it is understandable why the USA accuses the government of Sri Lanka and its heroic armed forces, for successfully countering the three decades long menace of Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka, and for eradicating terrorism for good, especially with the elimination of the ruthless Tamil terrorist leadership in 2009, despite, perhaps the direct but definitely the indirect support they received from USA and its allies including the misled so-called Tamil expatriates who sought refuge in the West.
    Daya Hewapathirane

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