Local News: The Sri Lankan Government has appointed Dr. Mohan Peiris, a former Chief Justice and President’s Counsel, as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, USA, local media reported.
The Feign Relations Ministry sources say as the current Permanent Representative Kshenuka Seneviratne, a senior official in the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, has been recalled to the Ministry of External Affairs from October, Mohan Peiris has been nominated for the vacant post.
The former Chief Justice’s name has now been referred to the Parliamentary Committee on High Posts for approval and Mohan Peiris will assume duties as soon as the approval is received, the sources said.
Shenuka Seneviratne, the current Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, has been recalled to the Ministry of Foreign Relations as she has exceeded retirement age of 60 years.
Mohan Peiris, the newly appointed Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, is an alumnus of St. Joseph’s College and Royal College, Colombo. Mohan Peiris entered the legal profession in 1975 and joined the Attorney General’s Department in 1981 as a State Counsel. He then resigned from the department in 1996 to work as a private lawyer.
He served as the Attorney General from 2008 and 2011 and as the de facto Chief Justice from 2013 to 2015 after nominated to by the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa following the controversial impeachment of Sri Lanka’s first female Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. Mr. Peiris has also served as the Chief Legal Adviser to the Cabinet in 2011 and as the Chairman of Seylan Bank in 2012. Local News:
Courtesy to: ColomboPage