Monday, November 18, 2013

In defence of appointing military officials at Sri Lankan missions abroad …02

As I once noted, appointing of former and serving Military Officials in Sri Lanka's foreign missions have paid dividends with outstanding results.  In my previous post on the subject I pointed out how the appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva, Sri Lanka's Deputy Representative to the UN and Major General Udaya Perera then deputy high commissioner of Sri Lanka to Malaysia and now the Commander Security Forces Head Quarters in Kilinochchi   have yielded spectacular successes.
The latest case in point comes from Australia. As has been the case with above mentioned instances,  the appointment of a former Navy Commander Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe as the Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Australia has paid its dividends. Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe's lobbying with the Australian Government   has yielded the latter's perfect understanding about the problem of the illegal immigration by Sri Lankans to Australia by sea. The success of the High Commissioner's efforts underscores the Austrian PM's pledge to support Sri Lanka in combatting this menace. It's true that illegal immigration has become a menace to Australia than it has been to Sri Lanka. Therefore, Austria has been doing its best to prevent it from happening by assisting the source country to strengthen its Navy and the Coast Guard. But lobbying by an ex-navy commander with Australian authorities, a highly successful one in that matter, is far effective than by doing it by a layman whose knowledge in the subject is limited. On the other hand Admiral Samarasinghe's command of the language is impressive and is indeed articulate.

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