Written by Bella Dalima
01 Oct, 2014 | 10:03 pm
The BBC Sinhala Service, quoting a senior official at the Ministry of External Affairs, reports that Dr. Chris Nonis has acquiesced to returning to his duties as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, only if action is taken against the MP who assaulted him.
Recent media reports indicated that Dr. Nonis had submitted his letter of resignation following an incident where he was allegedly assaulted by a UPFA Parliamentarian in New York.
When quizzed by a News 1st Journalist at a media briefing convened on Tuesday, Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, initially stated that he had gotten to know that Dr. Nonis had resigned his position.
However, following a phone conversation with the Minister of External Affairs during the media briefing, Minister Rambukwella recanted his earlier statement and noted that there had been no official notification of Dr. Nonis’ resignation.
Leader of National Unity Front, Azad Sally expressed views regarding this issue:
[quote]In the first round, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says “yes he has resigned.” In the second round he says “wait, let me speak to Minister G.L. Peiris.” And then he says that they have not received it yet. But by this time the news was all over Sri Lanka that a Foreign Ministry Spokesperson had noted that Dr. Chris Nonis had resigned three days ago. If you include today that is four days. What is happening in this country? The Minister of External Affairs is not in the know. The Minister of External Affairs has come to a position where he can no longer function as the Minister.[/quote]
Meanwhile, UNP Parliamentarian, Lakshman Kiriella also expressed his views over the issue:
[quote]A government MP had slapped Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK at a function. He has kicked him after that. The President too had been there when the incident occurred. Officials from the Ministry of External Affairs had been there. There are numerous eyewitnesses. As Sri Lankans, as people who love this country, we ask that the law be enforced in this matter. Let us see whether the law will be enforced. This represents the lawlessness in the country. The lawlessness in this country has now gone international.[/quote]
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