( October 19, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) More often than not, meetings of the National Security Council are on a serious note. Understandably so since the matters for discussion focus on issues relating to Sri Lanka’s security.
That is not to say that the sessions are always staid and boring. Last Wednesday, a top intelligence official prompted loud laughter.
When External Affairs Ministry Secretary Kshenuka Senewiratne walked in, the man covered his cheeks with his left and right hand. Even the EAM Secretary could not help but laugh.
The joke of course was the result of Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Monitoring MP for the Ministry of External Affairs, allegedly slapping Sri Lanka High Commissioner to the UK, Chris Nonis during a dinner party in New Jersey.
Slap bang: Even the host now a ghost
The controversy over the Sajin Vass-Chris Nonis altercation on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly sessions last month is refusing to go off the spotlight.
Virtually all those who were at that dinner have been strongly advised to deny their presence in order to prevent even juicier tit-bits leaking out — besides the “thundering slap” at Nonis.
The widespread joke is that even the host is apparently denying he was present at his own dinner.
The Sunday Times, which perhaps had the most authentic version of the incident, asked a returning delegate whether he was present at the dinner. “Not to the best of my knowledge,” he said, amidst loud laughter as he dodged the question.
Courtesy: The Sunday Times