Canada, Saudi Arabia and Italy said no, Malaysia said yes

Canada, Saudi Arabia and Italy reject Sri Lankan former Air Force Commander Sumangala Dias who was nominated by the Sri Lankan President to head the Sri Lanka missions.

Sri Lanka has named Dias as the new Ambassador to Italy after Canada tuned down Sri Lanka’s move on the basis of war crimes accusations.

He has now been named to head the High Commission in Malaysia.

Canada being a member of Sri Lanka Core Group at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) wasn’t likely to accept ex-Sri Lankan military officers on the Sri Lankan diplomatic mission there. Canada campaigned for the resolution adopted on March 23 at the UNHRC with 22 countries voting for, 11 against and 14 abstentions.

Canadian government did not agree to his appointment following protests lodged by Tamil Canadians and parliamentarians.




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