The physical assault by Sajin Vass Gunawardena, MP is a clear reflection on the country’s tragic situation. This is the first ever time since Independence that a parliamentarian has resorted to such demeaning behaviour- attacking a diplomat who was on a State-related visit to another country. The matter is even worse in that, the attacker…………. read all
As soon as he arrived at the Vatican, the president had called Dr. Nonis to inquire about it, and wanted to know if he had complained to Cardinal Ranjith. Dr. Nonis has replied that he has complained only to the president, and that he was expecting justice from the president only. However, the Cardinal had called him after getting to know about the incident through the media, and he had been told about the entire episode, he said. Angered by that, the president ordered Dr. Nonis to vacate his position and that his resignation be accepted.
Their previous victims were Dr. Dayan Jayatilake, Dr. Thamara Kunanayagam, Jaliya Wickremasuriya, Chitrangani Wagiswara and P.M. Amza. Commenting on the low depth the Sri Lankan diplomatic service has fallen to, a retired senior diplomat said, “The Sri Lankan Foreign Service is nearing its death on the grips of a pimp and a prostitute.”………….. READ ALL
Dr. Nonis Should Have Lodged A Complaint With New York Police: Kiriella
UNP Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said Chris Nonis, former Sri lankan High commissioner to the UK who was allegedly assaulted by Parliamentarian Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, should have lodged a complaint with the New York Police soon after the incident.
“There is no point in lamenting over the assault. Had he lodged a complaint with the New York police, there would have been a prosecution. That is the only way to trigger a proper investigation into the incident,” the UNP Parliamentarian told ‘Asian Mirror’.
The Parliamentarian, who was the Deputy Foreign Minister under the late Lakshman Kadirgamar, said the incident has compelled diplomats working for the government of Sri Lanka to learn martial arts to protect themselves from politicians.
“As a political party we can do very little about this. After all we are not a prosecuting body. It is the government that has to take strong action with regard to this incident. But it is naïve to believe that the government will be serious about its investigation into the alleged assault by Sajin Vaas Gunawardena. In all likelihood, the ruling party Parliamentarian will go scot-free,” Kiriella added.
Meanwhile, the government has confirmed that it has accepted the resignation of Dr. Nonis as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. It is still not clear whether Dr. Nonis will be appointed to a new position by the government. Reportedly, Dr. Nonis had spoken to some of his close associates after the incident and expressed serious concerns over the matter.
External Affairs Ministry has reportedly asked Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commissioner to the Maldives Dr. Chanaka H. Talpahewa to take over as chargé d’affaires in London, after the resignation of Dr. Chris Nonis