NEW DELHI, India, Jan. 9,Reuter: India has replaced the Commander of its 35,000man peacekeeping force in Sri Lanka, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Saturday.

Major General S.C. Sirdeshpande replaced Major General Harkirat Singh as Commander on. Friday, the spokesman said. He gave no reason for the change.

More than 345 Indian soldiers have died trying to enforce an India Sri Lanka accord aimed at ending a Tamil separatist re unit on. The Indian Ocean Island.

Singh was the first head! of the peacekeeping force set up under the pact, signed by Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President Junius Jayewardene in July.

Article extracted from this publication >> January 15, 1988