Professor Laksiri Fernando, University of Colombo
Kalyananda Godage, a former senior diplomat in Sri Lanka’s Foreign Service, in several of his recent articles, seemingly questioning Sri Lanka’s current diplomatic thrust in its fight against LTTE terrorism, has in fact centered his barrage against the current Foreign Secretary, Dr. Palitha Kohona, the motive of which might not be so difficult to guess. I am in particular referring to the article titled “Sri Lanka is Making Enemies of Friends through Amateurish Diplomacy” (by Kalyananda Godage Island 30 July). The article raises several issues in respect of diplomacy in general and professional ethics of diplomats in particular, former or current. The question of ethics seems to appear much grubbier when former diplomats turn third class journalists combining fact with gossip or judgment with personal animosity.