Mangala Moonesinghe passes away
Veteran politician and senior diplomat Mangala Moonesinghe passed away last
morning after a brief illness. He was 84-years-old.
Moonesinghe was Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2000
to 2002 and High Commissioner to India from 1995 to 2000.
He served as the Lanka Sama Samaja Party Member of Parliament for Bulathsinhala
from 1965–1977 and again as the SLFP MP for Kalutara district from 1989–1994. He
headed a Parliamentary Select Committee on the Ethnic Issue which became famous
as the Mangala Moonesinghe Committee during President R.Premadasa’s era.
He was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship to study Space Law at Western State
University College of Law, California in 1975.
Moonesinghe was a member of the group of eminent persons appointed by heads of
state to identify measures and mechanisms to enhance the effectiveness of SAARC.
The grand nephew of Anagarika Dharmapala and cousin of Anil Moonesinghe, he was
educated at Royal College Colombo.