( April 6, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The voting at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva had ended.

Galle District Parliamentarian and External Affairs Ministry monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was in charge of the Sri Lanka delegation was giving a pep talk to staffers at the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission.

Also present were Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha.
Mr. de Vass Gunawardena said all staffers in the mission had performed very well during the 25th sessions of the UNHRC. Hence, he said, for one whole year no one would be transferred out.

Of course, he did not end by saying that. It was no doubt a revelation that he was more responsible for transfers than External Affairs Minister G.L.Peiris. The Parliamentarian also heaped some praise on himself for the outcome of the voting.

He had either persuaded some countries to vote or abstain. A witty EAM official remarked, “If he is right, this is a case of defeat not being an orphan.” He was alluding to the saying that victory has many fathers but defeat is an orphan.

- Sunday Times, Colombo