Written by Bella Dalima
02 Oct, 2014 | 7:11 pm
In a News 1st exclusive, Dr. Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner in the United Kingdom says that as a diplomat he would refrain from commenting on the recent incident that had led to much controversy.
He made this comment in response to inquiries made by News1st over the recent reports that suggests United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Sajin Vaas Gunawardena had assaulted Dr.Nonis, which had led to the resignation of the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Speaking to News1st Dr. Nonis said that the incident which led to much controversy, is a known affair and refrained to comment.
He said , “As a diplomat I cannot comment on the matter, I appreciate the efforts made by News1st to look into this issue.”
Meanwhile, Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera addressing a media briefing in Colombo on Thursday also commented on the alleged incident that D. Nonis had to undergo.
[quote]A parliamentarian assaults the High Commissioner in public. The Cabinet Spokesperson accepts this. Those who commit wrongdoings are punished by means of giving them the post of Ambassador. This is happening at present. Assaults take place before the police. This too is happening in Sri Lanka at present. If we are silent, the country’s future will be bleak.[/quote]
Minister of Power and Energy, Patali Champika Ranawaka also commented on the issue;
[quote]Dr. Chris Nonis had made an official complaint to the Ministry of External Affairs stating that he was assaulted. Accordingly, the ministry should investigate the matter. If there is an official complaint, action needs to be taken irrespective of their position.[/quote]
Meanwhile, in a publication in 2012, United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe made a prediction about the foreign service.
It was stated that there is a plot to remove four competent diplomats from the foreign service.
Dr. Chris Nonis’s name was in this list.
The prediction made by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe was also discussed at the cabinet media briefing on Tuesday.
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