Lankan Envoy to Poland passes away
Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Poland, Clarence Felician Chinniah passed
away in Warsaw on Thursday following a cardiac arrest, the Foreign
Ministry said. He was 58 years at the time of his death.
Ambassador Chinniah, a career Foreign Service officer joined the Sri
Lanka Foreign Service in 1985, prior to which he had served with
distinction as a member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service since
1977. During this period, he served as Assistant Government Agent in the
Chinniah had a wide ranging and distinguished career in the Foreign
Service, having served in the Sri Lankan Embassies in Beijing, Havana
and Brussels. He held his first Head of Mission appointment as High
Commissioner in the Maldives between 1998 and 2001. Thereafter, he
served as Deputy High Commissioner (with Ambassadorial rank) in New
Upon his return to the Foreign Ministry in July 2005, he was
appointed as Senior Director General in charge of Administration and
Consular Affairs. He was appointed as Additional Secretary in February
2006 and took up duties as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Poland in August
2007, with concurrent accreditation to Bulgaria and Romania.
Ambassador Chinniah had represented Sri Lanka at many international
and regional conferences and had also followed several training program
and seminars, during his career in the Foreign Service.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama
have expressed their deepest condolences on the death of Ambassador
Chinniah. The remains of the Ambassador are expected to be flown to Sri
Lanka shortly and funeral arrangements will be finalised in due course.