Diplomats promoting their personal views
The articles and letters now appearing in media, almost every week, under the names of Sri Lankan diplomats posted abroad for vital positions are not only misleading the world but degrading the status of the highly respected and valued positions they owed to represent.
An ambassador is a government official or a minister of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government to an international organization to serve as the official representative of his or her own country with plenipotentiary authority to represent their head of state.
In other words what is expressed by such diplomats is considered to be those of the head of the state, in Sri Lanka, the President. The article written by a controversial Ambassador and appeared in The Island and his subsequent replies to the president of Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada [SLUNA], is a case in point.
Since the said Article and subsequent replies were circulated under the letter head of the mission via emails to Sri Lankan expatriate community, the matters expressed therein have been given an official status by the said mission, probably, with the knowledge of the said Ambassador. The circulation of such materials by the said mission could also be considered as a further attempt to humiliate the expatriate Sri Lankan community.
The Ambassador's comments such as "this comes from a man who lives
in Canada" and so forth, probably to cover-up his past, are antagonizing
the entire expatriate community who work hardly to combat the malicious
propaganda machinery and fund raising activities of the LTTE abroad
for a long-time without expecting any personal benefits, per haps, while
most of our paid diplomats aboard are doing nothing in this direction.
On the other hand, what may be relevance when judging a statement of a person is not where he lives but where he was and what he was doing in the past. When responding to an article appeared in The Asian Tribune dated 09/08/2007, the said Ambassador accepted the fact that he and other members of the Vikalpa Kandayama and its allies were indeed indicted on 14 counts under the Prevention of Terrorism Act under the Emergency laws.
The diplomat concerned appears to have not given up his anti-Sinhala,
pro-Indian and Federalist stances even after assuming his current role.
His worst writings were in the Sunday Observer under the pseudonym Anuruddha
Tilakasiri where every week he attacked the Sinhalese community while
being a Sinhalese. He, it seems, is now trying to make use of his journalistic
experience to promote decade's long failed personal agenda under the
cover of his current diplomatic position.
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