He was soon recalled to Sri Lanka, where he was later promoted to army chief of staff — the country's second-highest military post.
He retired a few months later and now runs a private security business.
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Congolese troops, for example, also have been accused of rape, torture and killings during the longstanding war in their country; as peacekeepers, they have faced allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation. Blake, who served as the US ambassador to Sri Lanka from 2006 to 2009, was one of many officials who pressed the Sri Lankan government for more transparency into alleged wartime abuses.
As for the peacekeepers, he said, "You are there to keep the peace.
The investiture was eventually held two years later.
Upon Clarke's death, there were no official condolences from London.
It wasn't the first time that accusations against Sri Lankan peacekeepers were swept aside.
In 2007, a group of orphaned Haitian children identified 134 Sri Lankans who gave them food for sex in a child sex ring that went on for three years, an Associated Press investigation found.
Colombo — When a Haitian teenager alleged that she had been raped and sodomised by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper, the government here dispatched a high-ranking general suspected of war crimes to lead the investigation.
He didn't interview the accuser or medical staff who examined her, but he cleared the peacekeeper — who remained in the Sri Lankan military."A suspected war criminal is the wrong person to conduct an investigation into alleged crimes committed by a peacekeeper," said Andreas Schuller of the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights, a Berlin-based group that helped launch the complaint.
If they themselves are guilty of atrocities, clearly they are not suitable candidates for peacekeeping operations."Eight years after Sri Lanka's war ended in 2009, people who have fled the country are increasingly coming forward to give horrific accounts of camps where they say they were gang-raped.
One woman said in testimony shared with the AP that she was kidnapped by masked men, taken to what she believes was an army camp, and repeatedly raped.
Dias described the barrage of allegations against Sri Lanka's soldiers as unfair."If a soldier has raped a woman, he should be court-martialled, no doubt about it," he said. Allegations are just allegations."Dias also said the sex ring charges in Haiti were likely invented to damage Sri Lanka's reputation abroad — even though the UN corroborated the stories of the nine children, one of whom was 12 when peacekeepers started giving her food for sex.