Alleged Assault On Career Diplomat By Local Politician At New York Dinner Could Create A Poor Image Of Sri Lanka.
Posted on October 1st, 2014
In Retrospect By Sarath Kumara
October 1st 2014
While the reports are conflicting about an alleged assault on Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UK Dr. Chris Nonis at an official dinner in New York City, USA and whether or not he has resigned as a result is somewhat inconsequential to the dire ramifications the incident seems to carry which may bring to disrepute Sri Lanka’s image as it typifies the kind of behavious some local politicians and government reps, indulge in.
Needless to say it is almost common knowledge that in Sri Lanka certain politicians do tend to take the law into their own hands and act irrationally, abusively and behave in an authoritative manner at public gatherings etc., something that has gone on for long enough and about time some preventive as well as remedial action needs to be taken in local matters which often go unheeded by the top dogs in the status quo who choose to turn a blind eye but when the aberration spills into a diplomatic scenario overseas it seems almost unthinkable and shameful!
It is all Sri Lanka needs at a time when some of her global adversaries are simply waiting for an opportunity to fingerpoint at the Administration and for the alleged perpetrator of the assault, External Affairs Minister Mr.Vaas Gunewardena, regardless of what may have led to the assault it needs to be observed that it is an apathetical as well as irresponsible action fo which it is hoped an investigation will follow.
Needless to say it is a disgusting display of the lack of control of ones emotions in a capacity that not only calls for responsibility where the individual has not only circumvented his responsibilities but has also brought to disrepute the country he has represented in the capacity of monitor as reported and shown very poor decorum and judgement.
In the aftermath of it all A senior officer at Ministry of External Affairs in Sri Lanka has told BBC that Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Chris Nonis has resigned from his post although this news too is somewhat conflicting as there are reports also that the High Commissioner has not tended his resignation and that the President whose delegation it was that both Dr. Nonis and Mr. Vaas Gunerwardena were part of at the United Nation’s General Assembly Sessions, has promised a full inquiry and placated Dr, Nonis.
the BBC has also reported that Dr. Nonis had refused to comment if an assault took place or not, quite justifiably so in keeping with diplomatic protocols and the normal decorum expected from someone of his stature and intellect although it was reported in the media that the assault took place at a dinner which even President Rajapaksa has attended which makes the liability on the part of the assailant to conduct himself in a manner demanding respect for the occassion even greater where it appears he has thrown caution to the winds and needs to be reprimanded or more.
According to legal analysts if charges were pressed by the victim given the venue and circumstances Mr Vaas Gunewardena could be in some difficulty explaining himself as it could involve the New York Police although there is no indication of this so far.
The incident which now virtually bears an international perspective portrays an alleged assault on a Sri Lanka career diplomat by one of his own local politicians, the External Affairs Minister to be precise said to have been monitoring him (heaven knows towards what objective?) as this does not seem to be a normal practice unless there were petty personal differences involved which is also somewhat idiosyncratic to Sri Labka politics where all in all it could create a very poor image of Sri Lankans at diplomatic level on overseas assignments!