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Sri Lanka’s YO-YO diplomatic service

For those who have not noticed Sri Lanka’s diplomatic service is a joke. You just need to look at our recent record at overseas events to see what I see. The worst part is, we werent always like this. For a long time (back in the 60s-80s) we were a shining example for many countries. Of course like so many things in the country, we took it for granted and let it slip.

Last week, those who follow the goings on in the diplomatic circle would have seen the “soap opera” style drama that unfolded regarding out Permanent Representative to the UN. Tamara Kunanayakam was apparently asked to choose an appointment by Ministry of External Affairs to either Brazil or Cuba. Of course to confirm this story it took a while, with conflicting reports coming out of the Ministry. She refused, and went so far as to play the race card. She identified herself, in a letter to the Ministry, as a Sri Lankan and a Tamil, she said her removal would open the door for people to question the government’s commitment to reconciliation.

A cheap shot, no matter how you see it, and certainly not one that should have been adopted by a supposed diplomat. Of course her letter was disregarded and she officially replaced by Ravinatha Aryasinha (Ambassador to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg).

Of course the really embarrassing part is that Sri Lanka has been forced to send her back to her old post in Cuba. To highlight the YO-YO nature of the whole episode; Tamara was originally in Geneva, she moved to Cuba, returned to Geneva and is now back to Cuba. I am sure that Cuba won’t be happy to be used as a “timeout corner” for Sri Lankan diplomats.

So now we have the shuffling of diplomats complete, we seem to have forgotten the EU. Sri Lanka’s External Affairs ministry has forgotten to appoint (or at least announce) an ambassador. With Sri Lanka looking to expand its diplomatic missions in to Africa, we can only shudder at the thought of the organisation going in to it.

With Sri Lanka facing a fair number of challenges from the international community, you’d think that one thing they would look at improving would be the diplomatic circles. Of course we instead went and insulted one of our few allies in Cuba with this “punishment” of Tamara.

Hats off to G.L. and the rest of the gang in charge of our international relations

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