UN Resident Coordinator Extends Condolences Meeting Commander
[January 29 2019]
Hanaa Singer, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative
in Sri Lanka, the designated representative of the UN Secretary General
called on Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army
this afternoon (28) at the Army Headquarters to extend her deepest
sympathies and condolences on the tragic deaths of two Sri Lankan
Peacekeepers in the Mali contingent (MINUSMA) a few days ago.
She, during the discussions assured the Commander of
the Army that she would help in whatever the way possible to expedite
the compensation process for both victims and do everything in her
capacity to alleviate the sorrow of both bereaved families.
Condemning the dastardly act in Mali, the UN Resident
Representative told the Commander of the Army that the UN Secretary
General was deeply moved by the loss of both Sri Lankan Peacekeepers.
She also stated that she would be at the Colombo airport to receive the
remains and issue a special condolence message to be read out at the
In addition, Ms. Hanaa Singer said that she would
visit bereaved families on Thursday (31) and be present at the funerals,
together with her officials in the Colombo office.
Lieutenant General Senanayake thanking her for UN
concerns explained to her the funeral arrangements that have been
planned by the Army and respective Regimental Headquarters.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary to the
visiting UN Resident Coordinator, Major General Ruwan Kulathunga,
Colonel of the Regiment, Sri Lanka Light Infantry and Brigadier Prathap
Thilakaratne, Director Overseas Operations at the Army Headquarters.
Captain H.W.D Jayawickrama of 11 Sri Lanka Light
Infantry from Polonnaruwa and Corporal S.S Wijekumara of 1 Mechanized
Infantry Regiment from Thalakolawewa, Polpithigama of the Sri Lankan
Army Contingent in Mali laid down their lives on Friday (25) following
an explosion while performing their UN Peacekeeping Mission duties
around 6.30 a.m. in Keerana area after their WMZ convoy was attacked by
a rebel group using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Three more Sri
Lankan Peacekeepers sustained injuries and were admitted to the Level 2
Hospital at Gao in Mali.