British Prime Minister David Cameron may have highlighted alleged human rights issues in Sri Lanka because he had domestic collateral political considerations with an anticipated election in 2015 -Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Britain Dr. Chris Nonis
Posted on November 29th, 2013

BBC World News – Global – interview with H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis , Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, on 28th November 2013

*Significant Tamil diaspora in Britain
*Census is one of LLRC recommendations
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Dr. Chris Nonis (R) being interviewed on the Global program on  BBC World News, on November 28. Picture courtesy  Sri Lankan High Commission in the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister David Cameron may have highlighted alleged human rights issues in Sri Lanka because he had domestic collateral political considerations with an anticipated election in 2015, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Britain Dr. Chris Nonis said in an interview with the BBC on Thursday.

“The point is people are entitled to say whatever they wish. But the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), a gathering of 53 or 54 countries, the purpose was to discuss the theme of the Commonwealth. It was not there to raise bilateral issues. On the one hand I think it is good that David Cameron came despite a lot of criticism domestically”.

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 “But at the same time I understand why he raised those issues on a public platform because he has domestic collateral political considerations. He is in a coalition government with an election due in 2015. There is a significant diaspora in Britain and naturally (interviewer interrupts). Dr Nonis continues: I am afraid that this is the natural conclusion one would come to if one realizes that he has an election coming up in 2015”.

When questioned whether Sri Lanka had initiated a Census on Dead and Missing during war which started on Thursday due to pressure exerted in some quarters during the CHOGM, Dr.Nonis pointed out that the Census was part

of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which released its report in 2011. “The detractors would like to say that. But the LLRC report was released in 2011. This census is one of its recommendations” Dr. Nonis pointed out.

About the LLRC recommendations Dr.Nonis said “before it (the report) was released many people were critical of it. But once it was released, people realized, it was very comprehensive and impartial, holistic and even critical of government. The President, not only released it, but released it in full”, he added.

When questioned whether people would have faith in a survey carried out by the Government Dr.Nonis replied “I think they have tremendous faith in it. It is independent, it is carried out by the Department of Census and Statistics. Even the last report which was carried out, the enumeration of vital events in 2011 in the North was done by the Department of Census and Statistics. The people they used or the enumerators actually were predominantly Tamil Teachers. They were entirely independent”. Describing further Dr.Nonis pointed out “The conflict was not between government and Tamil Tigers. The conflict was between Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Burgher, Malay people of Sri Lanka and the terrorists. This is often misunderstood”.

8 Responses to “British Prime Minister David Cameron may have highlighted alleged human rights issues in Sri Lanka because he had domestic collateral political considerations with an anticipated election in 2015 -Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Britain Dr. Chris Nonis”

  1. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    In other words David Cameron was appealing to the left wing liberals of Great Britain who are most likely to call the Tamil Tigers “freedom fighters” and by that excuse any act of genocide they have commited.

  2. Nanda Says:

    “The people they used or the enumerators actually were predominantly Tamil Teachers. They were entirely independent”.

    This could be a big mistake. Census carried out by PREDOMINANTLY TAMIL TEACHERS will be biased towards Tamils. They should be fully controlled by imposing criminal punishment is they do that.

  3. Sunil Mahattaya Says:

    Dr Nonis dazzled his audiences who watched the program with his precise, real statistics based responses and made his BBC interviewer look like a novice who had just jumped out of David Cameron’s entourage leaning towards Tamil Tiger sympathetic diaspora residing in the UK!
    Sri Lanka’s High Commissio0ner in the UK is a class act. Diplomats should be modeled on his type of approach on how to represaent his country at the highest level abroad.
    As far as delivery of speech was concerned he appeared to be the BBC interviewer with his impeccable English rather than the BBC representative who spluttered at times over the intensity and accuracy of Dr Nonis’s delivery.
    Bravo!

  4. mjaya Says:

    Well done Dr. Nonis!!!! Hats off to you!!!

    He is miles ahead of Kukul Peiris…….

    Lies won’t live for long….. the Boru Begal Company lost its credibility long ago, even Brits have no regard for their own media because they whitewash Jihadis.

  5. mjaya Says:

    As soon as Dr. Nonis started talking about the election, he stopped the conversation. PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    Nanda,

    You are right.

    This is why MOST Christian schools produce TRAITORS. They have Tamil teachers teaching English, etc. They also HUMILIATE SL’s history while teaching.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    UK hurriedly destroying war crimes evidence!!!

    “British officials burned and dumped at sea documents from colonies that were about to become independent in a systematic effort to hide their “dirty” secrets, newly released files showed on Friday.

    Under “Operation Legacy”, officials in Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, Tanzania, Jamaica and other former British colonial territories were briefed on how to dispose of documents that “might embarrass Her Majesty’s Government”.

    Newly declassified Foreign Office files reveal how the “splendid incinerator” at the Royal Navy base in Singapore was used to destroy lorry loads of files from the region.

    Other officials wrote of documents being dumped “in deep and current-free water at the maximum practicable distance from shore”, according to the documents in the National Archives.

    One dispatch from Kenya in 1961 mentions the formation of a committee dealing with “‘dirty’ aspects of protective security” which would “clean” Kenyan intelligence files, according to The Times newspaper.

    The British government agreed earlier this year to pay £14 million (16 million euros, $23 million) in compensation to more than 5,200 elderly Kenyans who were tortured and abused during the 1950s Mau Mau uprising against colonial rule.”

    – Kenya news.

  8. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    THE BRITISH BUGGERS CORPORATION INTERVIEWER, KEPT WALKING OVER DR. NONIS MANY TIMES, AND INTERRUPTED DR. NONIS WHILE HE WAS ANSWERING. HE DID NOT LIKE TO HEAR THE ANSWERS, AS IT HURT HIM, AH CAMERON, AND HIS PAYMASTER THE AH TAMIL DIASPORA. THEY HAVE AN IN-BUILT PREDJUDICE IN THEM.

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