NGOs and organisations, among them the cross-party Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, have called on him to boycott the meeting.“The venue should be changed in light of the various stances and continuing violations in Sri Lanka,” said Maja Daruwala of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.“We feel that the Commonwealth would lose credibility by holding the meeting in Sri Lanka.”Edward Mortimer, chairman of the Sri Lanka Campaign, said: “Does David Cameron want to be part of the photo-opp for a kleptocratic and increasingly authoritarian leader with the blood of thousands on his hands?
Last night, Brigadier PR Wanigasooriya, an army spokesman, said Sri Lanka had been a repeated victim of “lies, half truths, rumours, and numerous forms of speculations”.“No substantive evidence have been presented for us to launch an investigation,” he added, referring to alleged human rights abuses.Sri Lanka has always insisted it did what it could to ensure no civilians were killed during its operation against the LTTE.Furthermore, propellant burns around the wound suggest he was shot at very close range.“The new photographs are enormously important evidentially because they appear to rule out any suggestion that Balachandran was killed in cross-fire or during a battle.They show he was held, and even given a snack, before being taken and executed in cold blood,” claimed the film’s director, Callum Macrae.“It is difficult to imagine the psychology of an army in which the calculated execution of a child can be allowed with apparent impunity.His reign included a military expedition to Burma (Myanmar) in retaliation for indignities inflicted on his envoys and Burmese interference in the elephant trade.
This marked the first overseas expedition in Sri Lankan military history.
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The Sri Lanka Army (Sinhala: ශ්රී ලංකා යුද්ධ හමුදාව Shri Lanka Yuddha Hamudāva; Tamil: இலங்கை இராணுவம் Ilankai iraṇuvam) is the oldest and largest of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces and is the nation's army.
Prince Vijaya and his followers occupied the lands of the native Veddah people.
Repeated incursions by South Indians, particularly the Cholas, into Sri Lankan territory occurred throughout the next few centuries and led to the engagement of the rival forces in battle.
Other Sri Lankan rulers whose military achievements stand out include King Gajabâhu (113 AD), who sailed to India to bring back his captured soldiers, and King Dhatusena (433) who is credited with repulsing numerous Indian invasions and for organising a naval build-up to deter seaborne attacks.