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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2641

Canadian Government issues agrement for the Sri Lanka Ambassador designate

Colombo, 06 October, ( At last, Canadian Government have issued agrement for the appointment of Daya Perera PC, (82 years) as Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Canada. Sri Lanka President appointed Daya Perera, a well-known criminal lawyer in December 2007, but the Canadian Government delayed the issuance of the Agrement based on simple technical issues.

Daya Perera, a former permanent representative for Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, was appointed to replace the previous High Commissioner, W.S. Karunaratne. It is now believed that despite bereavement in the family, he is expected to travel to Canada shortly to take up the new posting.

In the meantime, Lionel Fernando, (Aged 76 years) is expected to be in Paris this week to take up the appointment as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France. He succeeds Ambassador Ms. Chithranganee Wagiswara (from the 1981 Foreign Service batch) who arrived in Colombo last week, after completing her tour of duty. The Ambassador to France will be also accredited to UNESCO, as Sri Lanka’s representative.

In the meantime Asian Tribune learnt that there was a move to recall R.K.M.A Rajakaruna, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in South Africa who is just in his second year of service in South Africa, but on the intervention of the Presidential Secretariat, the move was thwarted.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to South Africa is also accredited to Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Angola.

Normally an Ambassador accredited to other countries won’t have presented his credentials to the Head of States of those accredited countries, as letters of accreditation normally has to be prepared by the Foreign Ministry and signed by the President of Sri Lanka.

It is said that this process takes months and months. Normally Ambassadors would have completed their 3 year period and would have been noticed to return back to Colombo without presenting Letters of Accreditation to the accredited countries.

Furthermore it is expected that Ranjith Uyangoda, the present Ambassador to Japan is expected to complete his term in Japan and expected to arrive in Colombo shortly. Asian Tribune learnt that many career diplomats as well as political aspirants are viewing to succeed Uyangoda, in Japan. Sources in the Foreign Ministry told Asian Tribune that so far no names have been considered.

Sources also told Asian Tribune that Sri Lanka Embassy in Sweden, considered an important embassy in Europe and the present Ambassador Ranjit Jayasooriya is also accredited to Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland and Latvia. Though the Ambassador has presented his credentials to Finland, Iceland, and Latvia, it is generally felt that the diplomatic staffs of the Embassy is not sufficient enough to cope with the work load.

At present, other than the Ambassador, there is a Minister Counselor, a career diplomat as Head of Chancery, a second Secretary and a third Secretary. Asian Tribune learnt that since of late there is not even an Attaché in the Embassy, to attend to the day to day administrative work.

- Asian Tribune -

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