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Sri Lanka’s former permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayakam said the assault of High Commissioner Chris Nonis is only one in a series of acts in a tragedy that opened in Geneva in 2009 with the same cast of villains, followed by other acts also in Geneva in 2011 and 2012, and still others played out in Rome and Paris.

In a brief comment made on the incident by email, she said, “The method they used then to disarm Sri Lanka's representatives was mobbing. And now they have advanced to physical thuggery, and these top "diplomats" continue their devastation, not only with total impunity, but enjoying high patronage, promotions, and financial advantages.

Their modus operandi may have changed, but their objective hasn’t. Their actions have always put Sri Lanka on the defensive -- in the position of the Accused. There is a striking coincidence between the defeat of the West along with the LTTE in 2009 and the beginnings of this Tragedy.

At a crucial juncture in the history of our country, when unity and cohesion are national priorities, and credibility and allies international priorities, such hooliganism on the part of Sri Lanka's top "diplomats" raises questions about the very nature of the Sri Lankan State and its state of decay,

It is urgent that the parliament, the parties that represent the people and the people themselves put an end to this public humiliation of the nation, if the country's sovereignty, independence, and dignity are to be defended.

She also said, “The questions that everyone should be asking is:  "Why now?  Why in New York? Why in the context of the UN General Assembly? Why during the Human Rights Council session in Geneva? Who benefits from the crime? What is the mission of Sri Lanka's diplomats?"

  Comments - 15

  • chandi Monday, 06 October 2014 05:09 AM

    Very good madam at least you have the guts to come out & say this where as entire diplomatic community should come out against this thuggery..

    ms Monday, 06 October 2014 05:30 AM

    Yes. All should come forward and warn the government.

    Jayaratne Monday, 06 October 2014 05:31 AM

    Hats off to the lady who had courage to speak out! Well said madam.

    kumara attanayakak Monday, 06 October 2014 05:48 AM

    diplomat not should be bend to uneducated politician.

    rosebud Monday, 06 October 2014 11:35 AM

    Well said dear lady via DM Android App

    Azee Monday, 06 October 2014 11:59 AM

    A brave and candid opinion which deserves praise.Anyway how safe is Tamara via DM Android App

    Dee Monday, 06 October 2014 08:14 AM

    Bad upbringing and unlimited power- very dangeorous

    konara Monday, 06 October 2014 08:30 AM

    Great madam. Come forward....don't be silent....

    mount Monday, 06 October 2014 02:21 PM


    VoiceOfLanka Monday, 06 October 2014 09:27 AM

    All because Sri Lankans' mindset has been unfortunately changed to forget one humongous injustice when another follows close behind.

    Suq Madique Monday, 06 October 2014 10:09 AM

    Only when they're out of favour they come out with these profound statements. When they're with the Govt anything is good and accepted.

    Crazy Man Monday, 06 October 2014 10:31 AM

    This will continue as long as we have Choppe, Kaluabey, Sothi Upali and the like are among us.............

    Azee Monday, 06 October 2014 06:03 PM

    G.L. surely agrees with Tamara but he. may be more keen on safeguarding his coveted post via DM Android App

    Shanthi Senadheera Monday, 06 October 2014 12:35 PM

    well done,frealess statement.diplomat not should be bend to uneducated politician at any stage.


    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 07 October 2014 04:03 AM

    In other words conspirators are within & with highest patronage, hard & HARD to fathom.

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