Petition to condemn the recent refusal of a visa to UK for Lankan Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona sign now

Petition to be sent to British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Dr. Peter Hayes condemning the refusal of a visa to UK for Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona and show solidarity to Dr. Palitha Kohona .

The British High Commission in Colombo yesterday refused visas to outgoing Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona and former Deputy Tourism Minister and MP Arjuna Ranatunga, government sources told Daily Mirror last night.

According to well informed sources Dr. Kohona and Mr. Ranatunga had submitted their passports to the British High Commission for a visa to London but to their surprise the passports were returned without any valid reason for turning down their visa applications.

The Foreign Ministrys Chief of Protocol, through whom Dr. Kohonas passport was forwarded to the British High Commission, later sought an explanation for returning the passport but a High Commission official had reportedly told the Foreign Office that the Foreign Secretary should be personally present at the High Commission to obtain the visa.

However the Foreign Ministry had insisted that Dr. Kohona had no reason to be personally present at the High Commission to obtain the visa as he was the Foreign Secretary of the Country.

The Foreign Ministry had later again sought a visa to London for the Foreign Secretary, but the second attempt too was rejected with the High Commission saying there was not enough time to process the visa.

We are of the view the British High Commission had violated diplomatic protocols by rejecting a visa for the Foreign Secretary and feel this had further strained relations between Britain and Sri Lanka.

Government sources said Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama was expected to summon the British High Commissioner Dr. Peter Hayes today to seek an explanation over the visa rejection, particularly to the Foreign Secretary.

Earlier Attorney General Mohan Peiris was also inconvenienced by the British High Commission which asked him to appear in person for an interview to grant a visa.

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  • 21 November 2015200. Marlon Nguyen
    I support this petition
  • 05 November 2015199. Mahinda G
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  • 13 June 2015194. Rohana J
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  • 09 June 2015193. Sunil H
    This is very unfair
  • 22 May 2015192. Anuraji Cruz
    Can't see the point of rejecting a diplomat except other infulence
  • 20 May 2015191. Manoli J
    This is a bullying tactic orchestrated no doubt by Milliband as punishment for not heeding to their requests and saving terrorists. The entire continent should stand together in the face of these blatant breach of diplomatic etiquette.
  • 26 April 2015190. Kulatilaka Page
    Who the hell do they think they are, lords? Treat them in the same manner. Do not allow them to leave the Colombo city limits without applying for permission. Treat them in the same manner.
  • 23 March 2015189. Praneeth Hayes
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  • 20 August 2014183. Prasantha Hoover
    Peter, is there a capsule of cyanide around your neck too?
  • 01 July 2014182. Asoka K
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  • 18 June 2014180. Narendra G
    Totally unacceptable move by the British HC.
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    unbelievable!
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Alice TylerBy:
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Dr. Peter Hayes - British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka

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