It is yet to be confirmed whether Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Chris Nonis, is resigning after a major dispute and assault by Sajin Vass Gunawardena, the Monitoring MP for the Ministry of External Affairs. According to the Colombo Telegraph, this incidence took place at an event organized by newly-appointed Director of Sri Lankan Airlines, Dilan Ariyawansa, in light of the UN Assembly in New York few weeks ago.
In the absence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and presence of other politicians, the dispute mainly involved MP Gunawardena, Foreign Secretary Kshenuka Seneviratne and Chris Nonis. With truth to be unveiled, it was reported that a heated argument had risen between Chris Nonis and MP Gunawardena who later used abusive language to confront him whilst in an “intoxicated” state. Consequently, the argument evolved into a major uproar where MP Gunawardena had dared to raise his hand forcing Dr.Nonis to fall and injure his foot.
It was shortly after that Dr.Nonis had pronounced his resignation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and travelled back to London. The Sri Lankan president has ordered the state and private media to blackout any news and or reports on this issue. However, Dr,Nonis admitted he has no intentions of taking further action regarding matter.
Despite the numerous human rights allegations against Sri Lanka, Chris Nonis had always been supportive of the progress towards reconciliation which was one of the many highlights in the news media. It is worth noting that with his constructive discussions, stemming from his plethora of experiences and knowledge, leaves us in a doubtful position to a beneficial solution with this proposed resignation.
Initial – High Commissioner Dr Chris Nonis Resigns
Update 01 – President rejects resignation by Dr Chris Nonis
Update 02 – Keheliya says yes and then no on Dr Nonis
Update 03 – Would continue to work in the UK High commission only if Sajin Vass is punished
Update 04 – Letter of Resignation accepted – says Doctor Chris Nonis