Ambassador Chinniah passed away
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces with profound sadness the
sudden death of Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Poland, Clarence Felician
Chinniah passed away in Warsaw on Thursday, following a cardiac arrest.
He was 58 at the time of his death.
Ambassador Chinniah joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and had a wide
ranging and distinguished career 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
Thereafter, he served as Deputy High Commissioner (with Ambassadorial
rank) in New Delhi. 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
The funeral arrangements will be finalized in due course.