Two Security Forces Headquarters established in Mullaitivu,
Implementing its troop deployment plan for the fully liberated
Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, the Sri Lanka Army has established
two Security Forces Headquarters in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi to
oversee the overall security plan of the two districts, Army Commander
General Sarath Fonseka said.
These two Security Forces Headquarters will be established in
addition to the Security Forces Headquarters in the Vanni.
Accordingly, Major General Channa Goonetilleke, presently the General
Officer Commanding of the 56 Division in Omanthai has been appointed as
the Security Forces Commander Kilinochchi whilst appointing Major
General Nandana Udawatta, presently the Overall Operations Commander,
Anuradhapura as the Security Forces Commander, Mullaitivu.
Major General Channa Goonetilleke, a Field Engineer Officer joined
the Sri Lanka Army in 1981. He is an old boy of St. Benedict’s College,
Kotahena. Prior to his appointment as the 56 Division GOC he acted as
the Commander of the Mannar Area Headquarters.
Major General Nandana Udawatta, an old boy of Royal College Colombo
joined the Sri Lanka Army in August 1982. An Armoured Corps Office,
prior to his appointment as the Overall Operation Commander Anuradhapura,
Major General Udawatta commanded the 59 offensive Division which
captured the strategic 1-4 Base complex of the LTTE in the Mullaitivu
jungles and LTTE stronghold of Mullaitivu.
He also acted as the Deputy GOC of the 57 Division before commanding
the 59 Division.
With the establishment of these new Security Forces Headquarters in
Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu all the offensive Divisions and the Task
Forces except for the 53 and 58 Divisions will be deployed in the
respective areas they are now operating for defensive operations.
The 53 Division under the command of Major General Kamal Gunaratne
and 58 Division under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva will be
kept as two reserve. Army Divisions for offensive operations directly
under the command of the Army Commander. These two Divisions will be
located in Mankulam and Paranthan respectively.
The 57 Division, Task Forces 3, 5 and 6 and 8 will be attached to the
Security Forces Headquarters Kilinochchi.
The Task Force 8 under the command of Colonel G.V. Ravipriya will be
deployed in Puthumathalan and Puthukudiyiruppu areas.
The 59 Division, Task Forces 2 and 4 will come under the Security
Forces Headquarters in Mullaitivu.
The 56, 61 and 21 Divisions and the Area Headquarters Mannar will
remain under Vanni Security Forces Headquarters.
The 55 offensive Division will once again be redeployed under the
Jaffna Security Forces Headquarters.
With these new appointments several key appointments in the Sri Lanka
Army will also be made accordingly.
Major General Mohan Jayawardhana presently the 52 Division Commander
in Jaffna will be appointed to the vacant position of Overall Operation
Commander Anuradhapura whilst Brigadier Rohana Bandara, present Task
Force 2 Commander appointing to the vacant post General Officer
Commanding 56 Division.
Brigadier Nishshanka Ranawana, the present Deputy General Officer
Commanding of the 55 Division will be appointed as the Task Force 2
Brigadier Sathyapriya Liyanage, Task Forces 3 Commander will be
appointed as the 52 Division Commander in Jaffna.
Colonel Sarath Wijesinghe will be appointed to fill the vacant
position of Task Force 3 Commander whilst appointing Colonel Raja
Rajanayake as the Deputy GOC of the 55 Division Colonel Jayantha
Seneviratne will be appointed as the Area Headquarters Commander Weli