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New form of diplomacy needed: MR
2011-06-03 03:00:00
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday stressed the importance of having a new form of diplomatic service instead of the traditional diplomatic service.

“Today we need a new form of Diplomatic Service instead of the existing traditional diplomatic service; a diplomatic service that is capable of performing their duties in assisting the economic development process of the country,” he said at the Temple Trees, when awarding the credentials to 17 newly-appointed ambassadors including four High Commissioners yesterday.

He also said that officers of the diplomatic service should be well knowledgeable of the prevailing state of the country and be able to identify the things that the country needs from these countries. Also they must seek for the opportunities for jobs and availability of chances of higher education for the educated youths of the country, the President said.

Strengthening the relationships with the various influential social groups of the relevant countries and eliminating the wrong impressions and attitudes that have been created overseas by the groups linked with the LTTE our diplomats should strive to convince about the reality of the situation prevailing in our country and thereby secure the honour of the country, he added.

The 17 newly appointed-ambassadors which include four High Commissioners are:

Asitha Perera (Italy), Tissa Wijeratne (Republic of Korea), C.A.H.M. Wijeratne (Kuwait), B.G.R. Uyangoda (China), A.L.A. Aziz (Austria), Jayantha Palipana (Qatar) , M.A.K. Girihagama (Oman), M.R. Guneratne (Lebanon),  Buddhi K. Athauda (Netherlands), Sarath Kongahage (Germany), H.R.Piyasiri (Myanmar), Rtrd. General Shantha Kottegoda (Thailand), Oshadi Alahapperuma (Sweden), T. Ravindiran (Kenya), Rtrd. Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe (Australia), Kalyananda Godage (Malaysia) and Ms. Ferial Ashrof (Singapore).

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Gonapala Jayasooriya Friday, 3 June 2011 01:22
All very Good People and very Highly Educated, knows all the History of the Sri Lankan Heritage, to present it to all the countries they will be serving in. All will praise the Developement work in the South and the North and East, and they all speak bvery good ENglish too so they will be understood well. God Bless Sri Lanka.
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samosa Friday, 3 June 2011 01:58
How to convince foreign countries while we have no respect for democracy and human rights in our country. If we could maintain good ratings, we don't have to convince them, but they will come to our country and invest.
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sanjaya Friday, 3 June 2011 02:07
Of course...every tom, can become a diplomat other than a qualified and skill person, it is correct.
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Brenan Friday, 3 June 2011 02:10
Some one has to do a back ground check on these appointees..I have bad feeling ..
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Ranger Saturday, 4 June 2011 05:15
Some names in the list shows favoritism. Who cares if they are good or bad.
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Priyanka Friday, 3 June 2011 02:13
Liberal leader of Canada stated that there is no reconciliation without fining truths. Is that the diplomacy to hide the truth or find the truth?
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Clifford Friday, 3 June 2011 02:15
Please cancel the Foreign service recruiting exam ( S.L O S)and make it a Presidential appointed diplomatic service (P.D.S).
later Cancel the Sri Lanka Administrative Service Exam(S L A S) and appoint Member of Parliament recommended, Presidential appointed administrative Officers to handle Public service.Then make country a pariah state.
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romesh Friday, 3 June 2011 08:14
New type of Diplomacy to keep the insatible desire for corrupt power for him and his family. He thinks Sri Lanka is his house and he has the title deeds to it.
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DeSelva Friday, 3 June 2011 08:18
appoint armies here too
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pbjayasekara Friday, 3 June 2011 08:21
It seems , Hon. sir , that you have luckily understood some of the truth after a couple of years in the high esteem , how long , unfortunately it'd take you to understand the whole truth.
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pbjayasekara Friday, 3 June 2011 08:34
See the above list you have signed recently sir . some of them are opportunist that changed their true colors for the time being. how can one expect more from them? -pbj
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Godaya Friday, 3 June 2011 08:46
Yes, a new system where children & relations of VVIPs can be recruited irrespective of their qualifications or criminal record.
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mala Friday, 3 June 2011 09:00
yes sir, you have understood it later than we understood the importance. god bless sri lanka.
This is what as citenzen we have been talking for all those years. I am sure you have to teach new appointees to answer some issues regarding action of your cabinet ministers because foreign countries are well aware of those even though, you are not aware.
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sam7 Friday, 3 June 2011 09:15
Ela Kiri! With the new diplomats Sri Lanka is going to have a great new image. All the other countries will believe what MR says and support Sri Lanka. So the government can go around killing Youth from Katunayake to Jaffna without any worries
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wadi bana Friday, 3 June 2011 09:29
wadi bana.
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Dheen Friday, 3 June 2011 09:40
A very good thinking. The need of the hour is to bring back the lost image of Sri Lanka and we need to appoint career diplomats who can handle the issues in an appropriate manner. All the appointees are career diplomats and sure they will build the lost image before long. Why can't our pundits learn these things from India! What a pathetic state of affairs!
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Pandama Friday, 3 June 2011 09:55
Where is Indika. He will explain why we need these patriotic people such as those appointed to represent our Lanka. We can all see that these people are more educated and cultured than the run of the mill ambassadors of the foreign service and most of these politicians have seen more of the world than the public officials.
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Kiru Friday, 3 June 2011 10:33
Traditional system is recruitung the diplomats through the genuine examination and skills. Now no exam or nothing for some selected crowds. Tomorrow, there is a exam for recruiting for SLES. But, there is talks that already people have selected for SLES posts. Examams are for eye wash.
If you could publish the the back round of these new diplomats, general public can understand, how they going to build up the image of our mother land.
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SETHUPATHY NAGARAJAH Friday, 3 June 2011 12:45
They will never cope up the need what president expects.
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Maru Yaka Friday, 3 June 2011 14:08
Asau Asau.....The King has spoken, So shall it be written so shall it be carried out!. Long live our KING!!!
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SL Friday, 3 June 2011 14:21
tooo late to know the truth..
send few more relatives to have a luxury life
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Yehiya-Doha Friday, 3 June 2011 14:28
How many professional minorities appointed to focal point? But statement no minority in the country.
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MagodisThuma Friday, 3 June 2011 14:56
Not only diplomacy...we need new form of democracy also !
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dpl Friday, 3 June 2011 16:01
all ambassders are highierly educated why not appoint to the university and school principals.even ministry secretaries
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freehit Friday, 3 June 2011 17:17
Really !? How can ex-MP's, rejected by the people be accommodated / pleased ?
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LASANTHAV Friday, 3 June 2011 22:06
EVERY THING ALREDY DON NOTHING MORE HAPPEND
WAIT AND SEE.
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kanda Friday, 3 June 2011 22:27
TAKE CARE ABOUT TAMILS , NO NEED FOR NEW DILOMACY
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Elaris Saturday, 4 June 2011 00:02
It is disgusting to see the names of half baked corrupted politicians in a list which should carry the names of carrier diplomats only.
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Man B Saturday, 4 June 2011 02:31
Peace also we need.
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upul Saturday, 4 June 2011 03:53
all talk no action.

If this is true how is political cornies still end up getting diplomatic postings
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Guru Saturday, 4 June 2011 04:53
Nolthing will work.
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I Hussein Saturday, 4 June 2011 05:18
First and foremost him and his govt needs new form of diplomacy.
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Jagath Saturday, 4 June 2011 05:52
For new Diplomacy! send all political rejects & stooges.
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Tilan Saturday, 4 June 2011 07:50
Next in line - Former IGP who resigned few days ago
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Musthafa Saturday, 4 June 2011 10:20
arrange leader ship training for all diplomates in military camp, it will work
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UK TAMIL BOY Saturday, 4 June 2011 11:20
If you had solved the real problem of the Tamils
(political solution), there would be no need for you to get diplomacy.
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UK TAMIL BOY Saturday, 4 June 2011 11:23
How to convince foreign countries while we have no respect for democracy and human rights in Sri Lanka......?
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Independent Observer Saturday, 4 June 2011 11:50
Please let the people know the academic /professional qualifications , experience , and eligbility of the 17 persons who have been appointed as diplomats .
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Steven Miller Saturday, 4 June 2011 18:41
by the way, ur government sucks now.
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Guru Saturday, 4 June 2011 22:27
First of all mclean your house/family and yourself.
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