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Sunday, 06 May 2012 - 13:06
Ministry of External Affairs denies sending transfer letter to UN permanent representative in Geneva.
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A senior spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs speaking to our news team denied that the ministry had sent a letter seeking the transfer or removal of Thamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

He denied knowledge that the Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs' had sent a letter to Kunanayakam in this regard.

When the US backed resolution against Sri Lanka was passed at the United Nations in Geneva recently Thamara Kunanayakam served as the country's permanent representative.

Subsequent to this taking place an unfounded rumour was circulated stating that the state was seeking her removal in Geneva.

Views in this regard were expressed by her to the BBC.

Speaking here she noted that External Affairs Ministry of Sri Lanka had proposed her a transfer, to either Cuba or Brazil.

Speaking further she added that such a course of action would only gratify the wishes of separatist factions who seek to manifest a-quasi nationalist issue in Sri Lanka.

Kunanayakam who was appointed for a 2 year tenure has already completed 9 months of her service as Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva.

Incidentally if Kunanayakam is vacated by the presence of another permanent representative, this will mark 4 appointments being made to Geneva by the country within a 3 year period.

The senior spokesperson representing the Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs stated that even a Permanent Representative to the United Nations was not at liberty to discuss matters which were impertinent to her.

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