|Kohona to be
By our New York
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United
Nations (UN) Dr. Palitha Kohona is likely to be
recalled at the end of the September sessions of the
UN General Assembly (GA).
Diplomatic sources in New York told The Nation that
Kohona may relinquish duties somewhere in October,
paving the way for a total reshuffle of the office
of the Permanent Representative.
Kohona may return to his substantive post in
Colombo, or may seek a diplomatic assignment
elsewhere, sources added.
They also said that certain officers have exceeded
their official period of three years, while another
officer is serving in the same posting for the
The Foreign Office in Colombo recalled its Deputy
Permanent Representative Bandula Jayasekara
recently, after having appointed him a month
Apparently, the main reason adduced to the Foreign
Office decision to curtail Kohona’s assignment, is
his alleged failure to put Sri Lanka’s position in
the correct perspective, when UN Secretary General
(SG) Ban Ki-moon appointed a committee to advise him
on Sri Lanka.
The UNSG further expanded the committee while Kohona
was on a mission to Syria, on a UNSG assignment
heading the committee on Israel, which Sri Lanka
held during the tenure of Ambassador Shirley
Meanwhile, President Rajapaksa is scheduled to
address the UNGA in September, with arrangements
under way to facilitate his visit, diplomatic
sources in New York told The Nation.
President Rajapaksa would project Sri Lanka’s image
in the correct perspective, which would help the
country forge ahead internationally, they added.