Jaffna SLA commander sent to Vanni
[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 November 1997, 23:59 GMT]
The Sri Lankan government made changes in the army's command structure in the Jaffna peninsula this week.
The overall commander of the Sri Lankan security forces in Jaffna Major. General P. A Karunathilleke has been made GOC (general officer commanding) of Division 55 which is engaged in the Jayasikurui Operation in the Vanni.
Brigadier. Lionel Balagalle who was in charge of Div. 51 which had its HQ in Atchelu in Jaffna has been made commander of Task Force One at Palaly.
He has been replaced by Brig. Shantha Kottegoda who was in charge of Vavuniya.
The new commanders who have been appointed by the government to oversee the "final phase" of Operation Jayasikurui have been asked to secure the Vavuniya - Kilinochchi road before February next year.