Maj. Gen. Mallawarachchi as Ambassador to Indonesia
by Harischandra Gunaratna

Nanda Mallawarachchi

Major General Nanda Mallawarachchi, former Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, will assume duties as the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to Indonesia. He is now on leave prior to retirement. Major General Janaka Perera (redt), who is Sri Lanka's top diplomatic representative in Jakarta, will return home at the end of March after completing his term of office.

Malawarachchi overlooked the duties of Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka when he was recuperating both here and oversea after he survived a suicide attempt by a woman LTTE suicide cadre on 25th April 2006. Maj. Gen. Mallawarachchi, a battle hardened soldier hails from Anuradhapura and is an old boy of Ananda College, Colombo. Major General Janaka Perera, another battle hardened soldier was responsible in inflicting heavy defeats on the LTTE in both the North and the East prior to his retirement in the year 2000. He was posted as the High Commissioner to Australia in 2001 during President Chandrika Kumaranatunga's regime. But, subsequently, he was moved to Indonesia as the Sri Lanka Ambassador in order to appoint Kusumsiri Balapatabendi, the former Presidential Secretary as the High Commissioner to Australia.

Former Army Commander Lt. Gen. SriLal Werasuriya has returned home after serving three years as Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Pakistan. Rohan de S. Daluwatte, who was the Sri Lanka Ambassador to Brazil has returned home on completion of his term. Daluwatte was the first to be posted as the Ambassador to the Latin American country after Sri Lanka established diplomatic ties with it in 2005.


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