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Sri Lankan army invited to join UN peacekeepers in Mali

The Sri Lankan army has been invited to join the UN peacekeeping force in Mali, the Sunday Times reported. 

Citing a senior foreign ministry source, the paper said the "Government of Mali has sought a Sri Lankan peacekeeping contingent as against troops from Pakistan or Bangladesh", which the source said, "was because of the Sri Lanka Army’s successful military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), one of the world’s deadliest terrorist organisations at the time."

The Sri Lanka army has been accused of committing mass atrocities against the Tamil people during the final stages of the armed conflict in 2009, and was previously found to be guilty of sexual trafficking and sexual abuse of minors in former UN peacekeeping roles.