Former UN official becomes Sri Lanka’s top diplomat

Jan 12, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday appointed a former United Nations official as the country’s top official to lead the ministry of foreign affairs.

Palitha Kohona, 58, currently the head of the government’s office coordinating with peace broker Norway, was appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with immediate effect, presidential spokesman Chandrapala Liyanage said.

“He will also continue to function as the head of the Peace Secretariat,” Liyanage said.

Kohona was until last April the head of the United Nations Treaty Section in New York.