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    UNIS/BIO/951
    26 July 2011

    New Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka Presents Credentials

    (Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

    VIENNA, 26 July (UN Information Service) - The new Permanent Representative of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez, presented his credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) Yury Fedotov.

    Mr. Azeez is also Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Austria. He has served in various capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs among them: Director General for Middle East; Deputy Director General, UN and Multilateral Affairs; Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York; and Minister Chancellor and Head of Chancery, Sri Lanka High Commission, Canberra, Australia. He held other posts including: Deputy Director of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) in the Prime Minister's Office and Advisor to the Sub-Committee on Immediate Humanitarian and Rehabilitation Needs in the North and East (SIHRN) in Colombo; Director for Treaty Environment and Law at the Secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and Deputy Director Division for South Asia and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

    Mr. Azeez holds a Bachelors of Law from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, a Certificate of Diplomatic Studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, and a Masters of Law from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is married with two children.

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