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Kohona to be recalled?

By our New York Correspondent

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 second time.
The Foreign Office in Colombo recalled its Deputy Permanent Representative Bandula Jayasekara recently, after having appointed him a month earlier.
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 Amerasinghe.
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.