Western Nations breaching Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations interfering into internal affairs of Sri Lanka
Posted on October 31st, 2018

The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) Article 41 clearly states that diplomats cannot interfere into the internal affairs in the receiving country and such interference is construed as a violation of diplomatic protocol. If so the US, UK, EU, Canada, Indian envoys are all breaching diplomatic protocols with their regular demarches against the Sri Lankan Government issuing statements & visiting Sri Lankan political parties, their leaders, local NGO heads, local media etc and often dictating how they should function. If Western diplomats are breaching the very rules that they have created they might as well remove them altogether.

 

The Vienna Convention – https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/bbm%3A978-94-011-8792-3%2F1.pdf

 

Article 4I – I. Without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, it is the duty of all persons enjoying such privileges and immunities to respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State. They also have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs of that State

 

Article 41 – 2. All official business with the receiving State entrusted to the mission by the sending State shall be conducted with or through the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the receiving State or such other Ministry as may be agreed. (how many instances of Western envoys & Indian envoys did as they liked in Sri Lanka?

 

In addition to the Vienna Convention, Article 2.7 of the Charter of the United Nations also provides that – “Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state”

 

Immediately reconvene Parliament” US urges Sri Lankan President (NDTV)

 

US calls on President to reconvene parliament immediately (Daily Mirror)

 

EU, UK envoys urge Sri Lanka to follow due process according to the constitution

 

https://twitter.com/EU_in_Sri_Lanka

https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/sri-lanka/52898/joint-statement_en

 

The biggest breach of protocol was seen when inspite of the President of Sri Lanka sacking Ranil Wickremasinghe as PM and appointing Mahinda Rajapakse as PM and issuing gazette notifications to this effect, the envoys of EU, UK gather & visit Temple Trees where Ranil Wickremasinghe the sacked PM refuses to vacate claiming he is still the PM.

What is baffling is that none of the envoys wishes to make any statement regarding the reason given by the President in a very emotional speech to the effect that what prompted him to sack the PM was as a result of his plan to assassinate him.

It is not for the US, UK, EU or Indian envoys to decide what is constitution or legal in Sri Lanka. There is the Attorney General & the Sri Lankan Supreme Court to advise the President on this. Therefore, the President does not require to take the US, UK, Indian or EU permission to appoint anyone or obtain their nod of approval either. We don’t decide who Trump, Theresa May, Macron or Modi appoint or sack, do we?

 

These all constitute violations of the Vienna Convention – so what happens when envoys violate diplomatic protocols? In the least the UN Members of the General Assembly should be appraised of these regular interferences other than social media & alternative media exposing the bias & hypocrisies at play.

 

We all recall how President R Premadasa declared David Gladstone the UK high commissioner ‘persona non grata’ when he tried to interfere in the elections of Sri Lanka.  https://www.upi.com/Archives/1991/05/30/British-envoy-ordered-to-leave-Sri-Lanka/6697675576000/

 

 

 

Shenali D Waduge

10 Responses to “Western Nations breaching Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations interfering into internal affairs of Sri Lanka”

  1. Sarath W Says:

    It is time to take phots of those foreign diplomats and NGO representatives visiting Ranil and publish in media for everyone to see how those ‘so called’ diplomats interfere in our internal affairs.

  2. Nihal Perera Says:

    What idiot Ranil and his supporters want is to create chaos and mayhem in the country right now with the help of the West.

    These diplomats have no business interfering in our countries internal affairs. If they did this in another country they would have been kicked out immediately. This is exactly why we should get rid of Ponna Ranil and his stooges, and form a national government that stops foreign interferences.

    It’s time we stand up to these bullies from the West, and ask them to go to hell. The world has changed and we don’t need to depend on these Western hypocrites who always try to control the developing countries with their bullshit and hypocritical policies of HR’s, democracy, rule of law, etc., etc..

    First step is to get rid of colonial ass-lickers like Ranil, Mangala, etc. Next is to form a patriotic government that looks after mother Lanka and its citizens first.

  3. Christie Says:

    Indian Parasites in the West are the ones who pull the Strings. Look and the Indian Parasite Law Makers in UK, Canada and the USA.

  4. Dilrook Says:

    Sri Lanka must immediately convene parliament. That is a demand to support Sri Lanka’s soverignty which is owned by the people and parliament (not the president or politicians). This is stated in our Constitution.

    The call to follow due process is also fair. We must. It is for Sri Lanka’s own benefit.

    Therefore the US, etc. call to do so and to honour the Constitution is not interference in domestic affairs. Basically, they are asking all to honour Sri Lanka’s soverignty which politicians on all sides are violating.

    US, EU, Japan, India, etc. do have their anti-Sri Lankan interests which should not be mixed up with this.

    A regime build through extreme corruption and political opportunism cannot serve Sri Lanka. I’m appauled by the calibre of cross-overs. None of them love the nation. In fact, they hate the nation more! That is unfortunate.

  5. Dilrook Says:

    Other than Mahinda, no known patriot is in the new Cabinet!

    They have been deliberately kept out of ministries. The Cabinet is mostly made up of opportunists. Nothing good will come out of it. Sadly, we are divded into political clans and fail to see reality. The curse of this nation.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    If the VOTE COUNT on Nov 16 FAILS to SUPPORT the GOVT, DISSOLVE Parliament, and CALL for NEW GENERAL ELECTIONS in 3 months!

    Furthermore, the JO and the UPFA should IMMEDIATELY ORGANIZE a MASSIVE RALLY in SUPPORT iof the Sirisena-Mahiinda Government to safeguard the Motherland from the PARA-GATHI PUPPETS of Ranil-Baba and his 40- Thieves!

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Dilrook,

    What is the MATTER WITH YOU?

    Don’t you understand that the NEW Govt needs to ATTRACT the FENCE JUMPERS for the Vote Count in Parliament on Nov 16?

    That is CRUCIAL to avoid a DISSOLUTION of Parliament and Calling NEW Parliamentary Elections within 3 months.

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    I AGREE with Shenali, it is INDEED RANK INTERFERENCE by Foreign Nations in the INTERNAL AFFAIRS of Sri Lanka. They are RUSHING to DEFEND THEIR PUPPET Ranil-Baba! PURE & SIMPLE!

    Where were these Foreign Defenders of Democracy when Ranil-Baba (of 40 Theeives FAME) with 41 MPs was appointed in 2015 over D. M. Jayaratne with 151 MPs?

    Where were these Foreign Defenders of Democracy when Ranil-Baba raided the Central Bank as COACHED by them?

    BAH, Ignore them and wait for Nov 16.

    Furthermore, the JO and the UPFA should IMMEDIATELY ORGANIZE a MASSIVE RALLY in SUPPORT iof the Sirisena-Mahiinda Government to safeguard the Motherland from the PARA-GATHI PUPPETS of Ranil-Baba and his 40- Thieves!

  9. Ananda-USA Says:

    REPOST:

    Dilrook,

    What is the MATTER WITH YOU?

    Surely you understand that the NEW Govt needs to ATTRACT the FENCE JUMPERS for the Vote Count in Parliament on Nov 16? That is why the NEW Cabinet has MANY of them to MOTIVATE MORE FENCE JUMPERS to JUMP NOW.

    The MR-Stalwarts are VOLUNTARILY waiting for the VOTE COUNT on Nov 16 to enter the Cabinet.

    That is CRUCIAL to avoid a DISSOLUTION of Parliament and Calling NEW Parliamentary Elections within 3 months.

  10. Ananda-USA Says:

    The UPFA/JO should IMMEDIATELY organize a MASSIVE RALLY to DEMONSTRATE OVERWHELMING PUBLIC SUPPORT of the NEW GOVERNMENT!

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