Did not receive an official letter of resignation – Keheliya on High Commissioner Chris Nonis

Did not receive an official letter of resignation – Keheliya on High Commissioner Chris Nonis

Written by Bella Dalima

30 Sep, 2014 | 9:09 pm

Journalists posed questions to Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella at a media briefing convened on Tuesday on reports that Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK, Dr. Chris Nonis had resigned his position.

The Minister who initially noted that the High Commissioner had resigned, later informed journalists following a phone conversation with External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris, that no official letter of resignation had been received.

The BBC Sinhala Service, quoting a senior official from the Ministry of External Affairs, reported that Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK, Dr. Chris Nonis, had submitted his letter of resignation.

The official was quoted as saying that although the letter had been received three days ago, it was as yet unclear whether it had been accepted. The BBC Sinhala service quoting media reports, noted that Dr. Nonis’ resignation had been prompted by an incident where he was allegedly assaulted by an SLFP Parliamentarian, while in New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

News 1st contacted the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK on several occasions to make inquiries but we were unable to contact Dr. Chris Nonis.

Dr. Chris Nonis had recently earned himself a name as a diplomat after successfully facing the international media.

News 1st’s bureau chief in London Vijitha Alles, has been closely monitoring the developments of this story and has been in touch with officials at the Sri Lankan High Commission.

He reported on Chris Nonis issue.

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