“It’s not a question of someone being happy or unhappy but having the best people for the right places,” Karunatilaka said.
Amunugama insisted that her nine-month stay in the post and reappointment to her previous position were completely routine and had nothing to do with the Geneva human rights vote.
The transfer was decreed by the president on the recommendation of the Minister of External Affairs, he said.
She will be removed from the Geneva post in July despite expressing strong wishes to stay in the job.
Kunanayakam had been in the post just nine months and her removal means Sri Lanka will have had four Geneva ambassadors in the space of three years.
Meanwhile journalist D.B.S. Jeyaraj said in his blog that Ambassador Kunanayakam was sent an official facsimile message from External Affairs Ministry Secretary Amunugama dated May 7th 2012 which informed her that she was being given notice of transfer as Ambassador to Cuba and that she should take up duties in Havana with effect from July 1st 2012.
The External Affairs Ministry Secretary has also stated in the fax that Kunanayakam was being transferred from Geneva to Havana on the instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Jeyaraj said. (Colombo Gazette)