Chief of Defence Staff General Sarath Fonseka is yet to get the formal response from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to his retirement letter and is still keen to remain in his post till the end of this month before relinquishing himself of his services by holding a farewell ceremony, sources close to the General told Daily Mirror online.
Although the government announced yesterday that the President had accepted General Fonseka s letter of retirement and had asked him to leave with immediate effect the Daily Mirror has learnt that the formal letter has not yet been sent to the General.
Sources close to the General said that he is ready to retire even immediately if the President wants him to do so but has not got a formal directive so far. The source also said that forcing him to retire with immediate effect could be seen as an attempt to prevent him from holding a farewell ceremony.
The General has earlier sought to retire from his post by the end of this month and had mentioned in his letter to the President whay he wants to leave.