Chinese employees working at ‘Tissawewa’ project, not Chinese Army: SL Defense Ministry

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The Sri Lankan Defense Ministry said the Embassy of China in Sri Lanka affirmed that the employees involving in the ongoing project to remove silt in the ‘Tissawewa’ tank in Tissamaharamaya, Southern Lanka, are the staffers attached to the Chinese company. Also, the Embassy confirms they are not members of the People’s Liberation Army. 

The Embassy has affirmed it following a query made by Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd). The Defense Secretary has informed the Embassy to educate the respective employer to refrain its employees from wearing the controversial military style camouflage uniforms in future and has also informed the local private company to avoid the recurrence of such action henceforth, Daily Mirror reported. 

Earlier, the News 1st reports, “Attempts made to adopt the MCC or Millennium Challenge Corporation agreement, which would permit US military boots on Sri Lankan soil, were shot down due to serious public outcry over the recent years. However, over in the south of Sri Lanka, uniformed foreigners are seen roaming at a civil operation which is to dredge and clean the ‘Tissamaharama Wewa’, said to have been constructed in the 3rd Century BC by a Sri Lankan King.” 

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