23rd March 2017 17:40:44 Hours
The four-member Indian delegation, headed by Major General Sanjaya Thapa, currently in Sri Lanka on a three-day (March 22 - 24) visit for participation in the AAST talks, went to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) war memorial at Battaramulla Thursday (23) morning and saluted the memory of Indian Jawans who made the supreme sacrifice while serving Sri Lanka against ruthless terrorism during late 1980s.
Brigadier Keerthi Costa and Brigadier M. D Wijesundara of the Army warmly received the guests on arrival at the place as the troops of the Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police remained on vigil to begin commemorative proceedings after inviting the visiting Indian Army General and the delegates to the special dais.
Amid honours, presented by troops of the Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police, Major General Sanjaya Thapa of the India Army walked to the memorial and placed a floral wreath in the solemn moment of memory. The IPKF troops served Sri Lanka during 1987-1988 when the country was faced with internal insurgencies.
Sounding of the Last Post in line with military traditions afterwards signalled the end of the brief memorial service. Before their exit from the venue, Major General Sanjaya Thapa placed his signature in the VIP book where reminiscences remain recorded.
Meanwhile, the military delegation of the Indian Army attending the ongoing 6th India - Sri Lanka Army to Army Staff Talks (6th AAST) met at the Army Headquarters this morning (23) for the 3rd day to sign bilateral agreements between both organizations on conference minute agreed on.
Head of the Indian Army delegation Major General Sanjaya Thapa and Major General A.P Z De Wickramaratne, Head of the Sri Lankan Army delegation signed the 6th AAST minutes at the Army Headquarters during this meet.
Signalling the end of formal conference sessions, an exchange of mementos took place as courtesies at the same venue.