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SL diplomats awarded ‘war hero’ medals

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse has awarded hundreds of military personnel who took part in the last phase of the armed conflict with medals for gallantry.

Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN and war crimes accused Major General Shavendra Silva was amongst the recipients of the highest honour, the Weera Wickrama Vibhushana medal.

Brigadier GT Ravipriya, who is now based in Washington as the Defence Attaché at the Sri Lankan embassy, was also honoured by Rajapakse for his role in the conflict. Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapakse and paramilitary leader cum cabinet minister Douglas Devananda were also present at the event.