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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2646

Tilak Marapana – Sri Lanka’s New Foreign Minister

Colombo, 15 August, (

Tilak Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments had been sworn in as the new Foreign Affairs Minister before the President today.

He was appointed to the post following the resignation of Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

He is also currently Minister of Development Assignments and a Member of Parliament appointed from the national list of the United National Party.

He had previously served as Minister of Law and Order and Prison Reforms before officially resigning from the position on November 9, 2015 in connection with the Avant Garde floating armoury issue.

Marapana, President’s Counsel is a former Attorney General and retired prematurely with the change of Govt in 1994.

He thereafter practiced in the unofficial bar and enjoyed an extensive and lucrative practice until such time he was appointed as a Member of Parliament from the national list by the UNP in 2000 and was appointed the Minister of Defence in the UNP Govt headed by Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe.

Later, with the demise of Gamini Atukorale, he was also appointed the Minister of Highways, Transport and Civil Aviation.

As Minister of Defence, he was the only non-Presidential or Prime Ministerial holder of the portfolio.

In 2015, following the last Gen Election, Marapana was appointed as the Minister of Law and Order. Consequent to a speech made by him in Parliament, in which he explained the use of firearms stored in a ship chartered by Avant Garde and following allegations that he could interfere in the ongoing investigations against the Avant Garde Company, he resigned from his portfolio in November 09 2015, until the conclusion of these investigations.

Marapana has been accused of having links with Rajapaksas despite hailing from United National Party.

In May 2017, following a cabinet reshuffle he was again appointed Minister of Development Assignments, a new ministry set up to monitor all ongoing development projects both foreign and local.

He was appointed for the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs , after resignation of Ravi Karunanayake.

Marapana as the Attorney General, led the Sri Lanka Delegation to the United Nations Human Right Commission in Geneva on successive sessions from 1992 to 1994 and successfully overcame the passing of a resolution against Sri Lanka on Human Rights issues.

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Tilak Marapana – Sri Lanka’s New Foreign Minister
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