Mr. Sri Lanka
Donald Camp, the US Deputy As sistant Secretary for South Asia,
who was in Colombo last week on a working visit and also picking
up the threads with his close friend of many years, Ambassador Ashley
Wills, is the State Department's "Mr. Sri Lanka," according
to knowledgeable sources in Washington.
Camp was the
State Department's Desk Officer for Sri Lanka (when Ernest Corea
was Sri Lanka's Ambassador). He served in the US Embassy in Colombo
and was the focal point for Sri Lanka in the White House National
Security Council during the Clinton regime, and was the State Department's
Director for India/Nepal/Sri Lanka at the beginning of the Bush
he is the highest- ranking State Department official dealing day-by-day
with Sri Lanka-US relations. Camp was recently seen in a Sri Lankan
restaurant in New York, "Lakruwana", enjoying a typical
Sri Lankan meal with another former Desk Officer for Sri Lanka,
Don Camp and
his wife Betsy have many memories and mementos of Sri Lanka. One
of his prized possessions is a name-board on his desk with his name
in Sinhala and Tamil.
a military spokesman
For the first time in the near 20 year long separatist war
that now remains suspended due to a ceasefire, the Ministry of Defence
has appointed a Selection Board to pick a Military Spokesman cum
Director Media at Army Headquarters.
Austin Fernando, appointed a five member team - K.W.E. Karaliyadda,
Additional Secretary in the Defence Ministry (Chairman), Maj. Gen.
Lohan Gunawardena, Chief of Staff, Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne
(the present incumbent), Arjuna Ranawana, Editor, Daily News and
Jatila Wellaboda, Editor Lakbima.
Wellaboda, all other members of the Board met last Thursday to interview
the first batch, names recommended by Army Headquarters. They were
Colonels Piyal Abeysekera, Sumedha Perera and Daya Ratnayake.
The Board will
meet again shortly to interview another list of eight names. It
is not immediately clear who formulated the second list.
man probed by bribery sleuths
A senior officer
in the Sri Lanka Navy has come under investigation by the Commission
to investigate bribery or corruption.
Commission officials have taken custody of several files from Navy
Headquarters in connection with the investigations.
files relating to the construction of an official bungalow and the
purchase of vehicles.