By Eric Ellis –
Mr Bandula Jayasekara is Sri Lanka’s Consul General in Sydney, or, as he likes to style himself, the island nation’s “Ambassador” in Australia.
Jayasekara is indeed one of his government’s highest-profile officials abroad, as he represents Colombo in a country of importance to Sri Lankans. In the West, only Britain, Canada and France have more Lankans making those nations their refuge than does Australia.
But the delicate dance of manners and language that is international diplomacy seems to have eluded Jayasekara in ambassador training college back home in Colombo.
Little of what this ‘diplomat’ says and does could be regarded as diplomatic. Statesmanlike he is not. Recidivist Twitter troll might seem a closer approximation.
As Sri Lanka’s strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Jayasekara’s boss, has said as he prepares to host the prestigious Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this week, he regards social media as a “disease”.