Soon after the signing of the MOU the war was temporary halted. Then the security forces were away from the battle. Mean while the Sri Lankan defence forces were invited by the United Nations as peacekeeping force. By considering the operations which have succeeded by the security forces, SLLI was selected for the peace keeping operations due to their admirable dedication for the nation and experience they earned with fighting for more than 20 years.
Then the training programmes were started for the UN peacekeeping operations at Kukuleganga. The team was trained on the Counter Revolutionary Warfare. After termination of the training at Kukuleganga, a group consisted of a battalion, was sent to the State of Haiti on 22nd October 2004 and Col. KADA Karunasekara Rsp, Psc, commanded the group. While they were serving in the State of Haiti, 2 soldiers had to sacrifice their lives. After more than 6 months of service there, the peace keeping force returned back to their motherland on 17th May 2005.
1.The participation of the Sri Lankan Army troops for UN mission became a reality in the year 2004 as a result of series of negotiations between Sri Lanka government and the world body. On recognizing the professionalism of the Sri Lankan Army, which has gained enamours experience in counter insurgency operations and peace building effort, Department of Peace Keeping Operations of the UN has requested for the contribution of troops from Sri Lankan government through the Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN (PRUN) some where around year 2002. But due to the prevailing security situation in the country during that time, a decision was not immediately taken to send troops, as it was felt it would be detrimental to the security of the country. But with the signing of the Agreement on cessation of the hostilities between the government and the LTTE, through a number of negotiations between UN country representative, Sri Lankan foreign ministry and the Defence ministry, a decision was made to send a Battalion comprising 750 officers and men on UN mission to Republic of Haiti on the chapter VII of the UN charter. This was made possible due to the keen interest and untiring effort of the then commander of the Army Lt Gen LP Balagalla RWP RSP VSV USP ndc IG, who responded positively in order to allow officers and soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army to acquire experiences in global military roll and the work for world peace building effort.
2.Not stopping in that, Lt Gen Balagalla took the keen interest and initiated the establishment of a peace Institute of Peace keeping Operation Support Trainee (IPSOT) at the premises, which was constructed and previously used for Kukuleganga Hydro Electric Project.
3. After that, it was decided to send infantry battalions initially to represent the Sri Lanka Army and decision was taken to nominate one selected Battalion comprising the officers and men who possessed unblemished military records, to be sent according to the Regimental seniority. As per this criteria, Army Headquarters decided a Battalion from Sri Lanka Light Infantry contingent to become first ever Sri Lanka Military contingent to UN and named it as United Nations peacekeeping operations Battalion of Sri Lanka Light infantry. In order to meet the UN military standards, and perform independent tasks, the Battalion was incorporated with other elements of support arms and services of the Army. After going through and methodical selection procedure, the composition of the Battalion was finalized as follows.
a. The Regiment of SLLI - 37 X 574
b. The Regiment of SLE - 01 X 19
c. The Regiment of SLSC - 02 X 18
d. The Regiment of SLAMC - 04 X 13
e. The Regiment of SLASC - 01 X 50
f. The Regiment of SLEME - 02 X 27
g. The Regiment of SLAOC - 01 X -
h. The Regiment of ESR - - X 01