|Friday, 14 March 2003|
by Sarath Malalasekera
Thirty eight Sri Lankan Police Officers who contributed their services to build up East Timor, the first nation to declare independence in the new millennium, received United Nations Medal at a ceremony held recently in East Timor.
United Nations Special Representative to the Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma, East Timor Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta, United Nations Poice Commissioner in East Timor Peter J. Miller and several other distinguished guests were present at the ceremony.
Sri Lankan Police Officers who received UN Peace Keeping Medals are: ASP Asela Samarasekera, Chief Inspectors Wijetissa Divelgama, Jayalal Aponso, W. Rajapaksa, M. Gunthilaka and Bandara Herath. Inspectors Asoka Peiris, A. Seneviratne, Noel Abeyratne, Nandana Ranaweera, Lalith Kiriella, J. Poddalgoda, A. Sooriyabandara, Udaya de Silva, Prasanna de Alwis, A. Gunaratne, Kumara Mutunayake, S. Vithanage, Janaka Seneviratne, Nipuna Dehigama, Hemantha Lakshmiwewa, L.H. Wimalasena, W. Nissanka, Hemantha de Silva, D. Gurusinghe, Percy Perera, Indunil Sibera, Pradeep Ratnayake, Dayal Illangakoon, Sena de Alwis, Mangala Tennakoon, Dunstan Dassanayake, T.A.Z. Alibah, Athula de Silva and K.A. Wilson, Sub Inspectors Parakrama de Silva, P. Jayatissa and M. Dharmasena.
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