Sri Lankan Diplomat Sacked
Dayan Jayatilleka, Sri Lanka's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, has been told to go home by Aug 20. He is one of Sri Lanka's most outspoken diplomats who consistently argued for devolution of power to the country's minorities.
No reason has been given to Jayatilleka, 52, for the sudden decision. His contract ended in June 2009, less than a month after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was crushed and its leaders slain, the foreign ministry told Jayatilleka he would not get an extension.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa intervened and extended the contract by a year - until June 2010.
But now Jayatilleka has been served the sacking order without assigning any reason.