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Cablegate: Fy-2004 Iv Program: Sri Lankan Nomination For

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 001133

SIPDIS

STATE FOR MARGERY BENSON/ SEQUITA ROBINSON;
INFO: ECA/PE/V/G/N-ALICE SHIFFLETT; SA/PD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL KPAO OEXC
SUBJECT: FY-2004 IV PROGRAM: SRI LANKAN NOMINATION FOR
MRP ON "PREVENTIVE DIPLOMACY AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION":
APRIL 29-MAY 20, 2004
PROJECT NUMBER: E/VGN-2004-0022

REF: (A) STATE 079203, (B) COLOMBO 0676

1. POST NOMINATES MR. W. UPUL JOSEPH FERNANDO,
DIRECTOR, NATIONAL ACADEMY FOR POLITICAL EDUCATION, FOR
PARTICIPATION IN SUBJECT PROJECT.

2. NOMINATION IS AS FOLLOWS:
START FIXED-FORMAT TEXT (PLEASE DO NOT EDIT):
: The following data is in a fixed format which enables
: automated processing in Washington and should not be
: edited except by means of the Post-EVDB software.
EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.5
POST-EMAIL: rscmb@pd.state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Colombo
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 2929
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VGN
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 95
ECA-PROJ-NO: E/VP-2004-0022
PROJ-NAME: Preventive Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
- April 29-May 20, 2004
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:

END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Multi-Regional
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2004
DEPART-POST: 04/27/2004
SESSION-DATE: 04/29/2004
RETURN-POST: 05/23/2004
NO-OF-PART: 1
RANK-ORDER: 11
START MEMO POST-OBJ:
This nomination is in support of MPP goal on
"Democracy"
END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1039
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: MRP
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 2929
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: P
SUBJ-DISC: Conflict Resolution
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: W. Upul
M-NAME: Joseph
L-NAME: FERNANDO
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 0
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: National Academy for Political Education
M-ADDR2: Cambridge Terrace
M-ADDR3:
M-CITY: Colombo 3
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY:
M-ZONE:
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: (94-75) 551-219
M-FAX:
M-EMAIL:
M-CNTRY-ID:
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 10/20/1967
MAR-STAT: S
BIRTH-CITY: Ja-Ela
BIRTH-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
CITIZ-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
RES-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
START MEMO POSITION:
Director, National Academy for Political Education,
2003- to date
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
Journalist/Political columnist, Lankadeepa (Sinhala
daily newspaper) 1993- to date
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
1990-92 - Research Assistant, Institute of Fundamental
Studies
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
1999 (one week) - participated in a Voluntary Visitor
program
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:

END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
LL.B., Open University of Sri Lanka, 1995
B.A., University of Colombo, 1996
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
Member of the Sri Lanka Journalists' Association.
END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
Is a regular contributor to the national newspapers on
politics and society.
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: Sinhala
ENGL-READ: 3
ENGL-SPEAK: 3
ENGL-COMP: 3
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
This nomination is in support of MPP goal on
"Democracy"
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Bruce A. Lohof
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Mr. Upul Joseph Fernando has been a reputed political
coulmnist in the Sinhala press for the past ten years.
His interests in politics, especially in conflict
studies, has allowed him to head the National Academy
for Political Education (NAPE), which is affiliated to
the ruling United National Party. NAPE conducts
training for budding politicians such as grassroot
level political activists, local government and
provincial council politicians. Therefore, Mr.
Fernando's role as its director is vital to the
country's future leaders. In addition to his work at
NAPE, he continues to regularly write for the Sinhala
press on current political issues, especially on
conflict resolution and the peace process.
Although he has had a short experience in the U.S. in
1999, this promising young researcher cum journalist
should have a properly structured exposure to the U.S.
through an IV program such as "Preventive Diplomacy and
Conflict Resolution."

END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: Public Affairs
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: Yes
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: Yes
HOME-HOSP?: Yes
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 129
PERSON-ID: 132
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: CE
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: CE
RES-CNTRY-ID: CE
FIRST-LANG-ID: SI
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 2929
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 0
DS2019-SUBJECT: 30.0501
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT: 5
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
END FIXED-FORMAT TEXT:

3. PLEASE ADVISE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS NOMINATION.
CAMP

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