NGO clamour against Dayan fails



By Saman Indrajith

The High Post Committee yesterday endorsed the posting of Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Russia.

The committee which delayed the appointment on July 17, observing that it needed more inspection had been divided in its opinion yesterday, too, a committee member told The Island.

Both sides had been allowed to contact President Maithripala Sirisena on the phone and inform him of their reasons for and against appointing Dr Jayatilleka as the Lankan Ambassador to Russia and finally the Presidential wish prevailed. "The committee gave its approval," our source said.

The High Post Committee, chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, interviewed Dr Jayatilleka when it met at 3.00 pm at the Parliament Complex on July 17.

Our source said the Committee had paid attention to a petition it had received with signatures of 115 civil society activists and organisations calling for the rejection of Dr Jayatilleka’s nomination as Ambassador to Russia.  

"This was the first time the High Post Committee received a petition signed by such a large number of people. Among them were some well-known individuals whose representations we had to take seriously.""

He said the Committee had also considered the fact that Dr Jayatilleka was recalled to the country in 2009 when he was serving as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. The Committee took serious note of Dr Jayatilleka’s active political involvement as at present as he was openly campaigning hard for former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

The High Post Committee members John Amaratunga, Lakshman Kiriella, M. A . Sumanthiran, Vijitha Herath, Eran Wickramaratne, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Mavai Senathiraja attended yesterday’s meeting.


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