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Sri Lankan military officials in London for UN peacekeeping summit

A group of high ranking Sri Lankan military officials are in London to take part in a UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial summit to be held on Thursday.

Ministers from 80 countries, including Sri Lanka, are scheduled to take part in the event, which will discuss plans to improve the planning of peacekeeping operations by the United Nations.

The event is being hosted by Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon and will take place in Lancaster House, London.

Sri Lanka recently announced that its troops have been invited to join the UN peacekeeping force in Mali. 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.

A live stream of the event can be watched below from 0700 GMT on Thursday 8 September 2016.