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Sri Lanka Army commanders appointed as envoys

THE 57-division’s Commanding officer Jagath Dias has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Ambassador to Germany, informed sources said Friday, June 26.

Making the announcement, a government official said Dias would leave the country to take over his duties shortly.

Dias led the 57 Division from the beginning of the Wanni operation three years ago and directed the capture of LTTE administered areas such as Madhu, Kokavil, Thunukkai and Mallavi and Kilinochchi.

Some weeks ago, another Sri Lankan Army commander Major General Udaya Perera, who was the Director Operations of the Army was appointed Deputy Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia.


There are varying views on the reasoning behind these appointments ranging from the commanders being rewarded for their service in the fight against the LTTE and commanders loyal to opposition being sidelined from a future military or political role to commanders being sent to coordinate actions to check Tamil Diaspora activities.