Sri Lanka’s Gentleman Diplomat – Ranjit Uyangoda
It is now confirmed that Ranjit Uyangoda, Additional Secretary attached to the Ministry of External Affairs, a career diplomat, will be the next Sri Lanka’s Ambassador for China.
Ranjit Uyangoda who is from the 1985 batch of the Foreign Diplomatic Service, is at present the Additional Secretary in charge of Overseas Administration Service, as well as the UN Multi-lateral Affairs, Economic Affairs, Public Communication, South Asia and SAARC.
He is said to be one of the Gentlemen diplomat of the Sri Lankan Foreign Service.
When writing about Ambassador Ranjit Uyangoda, I am reminded of a statement made by Thomas Abraham of Indian Foreign Service (Retd.), a former Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.
When writing on 21 August 1994, ‘Forward’, to – a book written by Prof. V. Suryanarayan - “Katchchthivu and the Problems of Indian Fishermen in the Palk Bay Region” he pointed out that, “- During the years in which I was officially connected with Sri Lanka (my personal connections with Ceylon go back to many years), I developed great respect for the negotiating skills of the senior echelon of the Sri Lankan Civil Service. Skilful and tenacious, they could unerringly spot the weakness in argument or fact, the loss of nerve or the lack of interest of the other side.”
Sri Lankan Foreign Service officials are rightly commended for their negotiating skills and could aptly define as a brand of ‘suave diplomats’.
From the same ilk comes Ambassador Ranjit Uyangoda, who hails from Kandy, graduated from the Peradeniya University and in 1987 he had his first posting as the Third Secretary to Sri Lanka’s High Commission in Malaysia.
In 1998 t0 2003, he was the UN Deputy Permanent Representative. The latest ambassadorial position he held was – Ambassador to Japan from 2005 to 2009.
He will be succeeding Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama who will return to Colombo shortly to take over as Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs.
- Asian Tribune -