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Army turns down Indian offer

2013 Jun 27

The army says it had turned down an offer by India to train two Sri Lankan officers at another location as opposed to the Defence Services Staff Course (DSSC) in Wellington, Tamil Nadu.

The two officers who were following the Defence Services Staff Course (DSSC) in Wellington, India returned to the island today (Tuesday) prematurely following stiff opposition in Tamil Nadu to the training given to them.

Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that due to some security concerns the Indian Government had offered to transfer the two officers from DSSC Wellington to the Higher Defence Management Course (HDMC) in the College of Defence Management, Secundrabad in Andhra Pradesh.

The Higher Defence Management Course normally followed by senior officers in the rank of Colonel is a higher course in scope.

The army spokesman said that the Sri Lankan authorities, whilst appreciating the offer, declined to accept it as it was observed that the HDMC was not in line with the initial purpose of sending the two officers for training in India.

“Moreover, a higher course with an entirely different scope would neither benefit the officers nor the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in immediate future employment of these officers.  Hence, the Sri Lankan Government made a request to withdraw the two officers from DSSC course and accordingly they returned to the island this morning,” he said.

However he reiterated that the withdrawal does not in any way hamper the growing relationship and training partnership between the Armed Forces of India and Sri Lanka.

He said that the Indian Armed Forces are key partners in the professional career development of officers, soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces. 

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