Avoiding collective humiliation

  • 14 Sep 2009 09:25:27 GMT

    Big story for an incident that was certainly annoying, but not the end of the world.

    [Lankan envoy in Tokyo made scapegoat

    Sri Lankan Ambassador in Japan, Jayantha Palipana has been made the scapegoat for the harassment caused to Premier Ratnasiri Wickramanayake at the Narita International Airport in Kobe the previous Saturday, and has been ordered home even though at the time the envoy had been on approved leave and he had assigned two senior diplomats to attend to the Prime Minister on his arrival in Japan.

    Wickramanayake and his entourage of seven had been held up by the immigration there for about half an hour and the Premier had even been finger printed during that procedure, even though VIP visitors are excluded from this practice.

    According to a source at the PM-8217 s office, the officials who went to receive the Prime Minister had apparently blundered by waiting outside instead of going into receive the Premier, as he entered the airport terminal after landing.

    The result had been Wickramanayake and the entourage had been cleared only through the normal passenger channel and not through the VIP lounge.

    But, Foreign Ministry sources denied this allegation and said the embassy officials involved were no green horns and at least one of them was of Third Secretary rank.

    They attribute the mix-up to the Premier visiting Japan not on an official Japanese Government invitation, but on one extended by a leading Buddhist temple in Kobe, to be the chief guest at a ceremony at the temple. This resulted in him being granted an ordinary visa.

    Several attempts made to contact the Information Counsellor of the Japanese Embassy in Colombo in this regard were not successful.

    There are also allegations that Ambassador Palipana is not on good terms with the particular temple in Kobe and this also led to the subsequent events.

    Palipana, a career diplomat who joined the service in mid 1980s, is known among colleagues as a strict follower of procedure and will not bend rules for anyone.]

    Do you seriously believe that after all this country has received from Japan, that Tokyo provoked this incident on purpose?

  • 14 Sep 2009 09:25:44 GMT

    Big story for an incident that was certainly annoying, but not the end of the world.

    [Lankan envoy in Tokyo made scapegoat

    Sri Lankan Ambassador in Japan, Jayantha Palipana has been made the scapegoat for the harassment caused to Premier Ratnasiri Wickramanayake at the Narita International Airport in Kobe the previous Saturday, and has been ordered home even though at the time the envoy had been on approved leave and he had assigned two senior diplomats to attend to the Prime Minister on his arrival in Japan.

    Wickramanayake and his entourage of seven had been held up by the immigration there for about half an hour and the Premier had even been finger printed during that procedure, even though VIP visitors are excluded from this practice.

    According to a source at the PM-8217 s office, the officials who went to receive the Prime Minister had apparently blundered by waiting outside instead of going into receive the Premier, as he entered the airport terminal after landing.

    The result had been Wickramanayake and the entourage had been cleared only through the normal passenger channel and not through the VIP lounge.

    But, Foreign Ministry sources denied this allegation and said the embassy officials involved were no green horns and at least one of them was of Third Secretary rank.

    They attribute the mix-up to the Premier visiting Japan not on an official Japanese Government invitation, but on one extended by a leading Buddhist temple in Kobe, to be the chief guest at a ceremony at the temple. This resulted in him being granted an ordinary visa.

    Several attempts made to contact the Information Counsellor of the Japanese Embassy in Colombo in this regard were not successful.

    There are also allegations that Ambassador Palipana is not on good terms with the particular temple in Kobe and this also led to the subsequent events.

    Palipana, a career diplomat who joined the service in mid 1980s, is known among colleagues as a strict follower of procedure and will not bend rules for anyone.]

    Do you seriously believe that after all this country has received from Japan, that Tokyo provoked this incident on purpose?

  • 14 Sep 2009 09:26:02 GMT

    Big story for an incident that was certainly annoying, but not the end of the world.

    [Lankan envoy in Tokyo made scapegoat

    Sri Lankan Ambassador in Japan, Jayantha Palipana has been made the scapegoat for the harassment caused to Premier Ratnasiri Wickramanayake at the Narita International Airport in Kobe the previous Saturday, and has been ordered home even though at the time the envoy had been on approved leave and he had assigned two senior diplomats to attend to the Prime Minister on his arrival in Japan.

    Wickramanayake and his entourage of seven had been held up by the immigration there for about half an hour and the Premier had even been finger printed during that procedure, even though VIP visitors are excluded from this practice.

    According to a source at the PM-8217 s office, the officials who went to receive the Prime Minister had apparently blundered by waiting outside instead of going into receive the Premier, as he entered the airport terminal after landing.

    The result had been Wickramanayake and the entourage had been cleared only through the normal passenger channel and not through the VIP lounge.

    But, Foreign Ministry sources denied this allegation and said the embassy officials involved were no green horns and at least one of them was of Third Secretary rank.

    They attribute the mix-up to the Premier visiting Japan not on an official Japanese Government invitation, but on one extended by a leading Buddhist temple in Kobe, to be the chief guest at a ceremony at the temple. This resulted in him being granted an ordinary visa.

    Several attempts made to contact the Information Counsellor of the Japanese Embassy in Colombo in this regard were not successful.

    There are also allegations that Ambassador Palipana is not on good terms with the particular temple in Kobe and this also led to the subsequent events.

    Palipana, a career diplomat who joined the service in mid 1980s, is known among colleagues as a strict follower of procedure and will not bend rules for anyone.]

    Do you seriously believe that after all this country has received from Japan, that Tokyo provoked this incident on purpose?

  • 14 Sep 2009 09:27:48 GMT

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  • 14 Sep 2009 09:38:22 GMT

    [All is, however, not lost and we predict no doom and gloom. Sri Lanka can! The government must stay maniacally focussed on building the economy to help benefits of its spectacular victory over terrorism accrue to the people and to safeguard national sovereignty]

    Absolutely! We still have Ranil W who can save the country and its pride.

    [Hollow rhetoric, muscle flexing, tilting at windmills etc. are of little use in confronting a formidable enemy.]

    This is called `mahindage mad chintanaya` which is draggin this country down the drain.

  • 14 Sep 2009 10:16:22 GMT

    Raigamakolla is showing his face only in threads like this. What a sad creature he must be!

    Oi Raigamo, by how many votes are you going to win the Southern PC this time?

  • 14 Sep 2009 12:14:55 GMT

    Imperator, Leave Ranil ge Kolla alone..

  • 14 Sep 2009 17:15:32 GMT

    [For the first time in thirty years, the country has had an opportunity to unleash its full economic potential and regain itself it needs to be grabbed, if Sri Lanka and her people are not to be humiliated. ]

    I beg to differ.

    If Sri Lanka and her people are to be treated with respect, Sri lanka needs to start treating all her her citizens absolutely equally, regardless of their language or religion.

    And that respect, and that respect alone will bring economic prosperity.

  • 16 Sep 2009 00:37:13 GMT

    Deport all Jap`s shut the embassy tech them a lesson.Sri Lanka don`t need Japan they need Sri Lanka.

  • 16 Sep 2009 04:09:59 GMT

    David Militant new leader of the LTTE!!