Friday, June 15, 2012

Foreign diplomats in Bersih 3.0 against Vienna Convention

A document has revealed the involvement of at least three foreign diplomats in the BERSIH 3.0 demonstrations last April 28.

The supposedly confidential document named those involved as well as the staff ranking of the members of the diplomatic corp. The three were identified during the gathering, which was trying to make its way from Jalan Petaling to Dataran Merdeka.

According to the document, one of the three persons identified wore the BERSIH 3.0 yellow T-shirt.

The unbecoming act of the three diplomatic officials, which had clearly shown their partisan support to the BERSIH 3.0 agenda was against the ethics of the diplomatic corps under the ‘The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 Article 41 (1)’, which forbids them from interfering or be involved in the politics of another country.

The document recommends that the three delinquent diplomats should be expelled from Malaysia for having contravened Article 9 (1) of the Vienna Convention.

Several days before the demonstration, The Malaysian Insider had reported that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, along with key leaders of BERSIH 3.0 would have a closed-door meeting with foreign diplomats.

According to the portal, the closed-door meeting was to be held at 3.00 pm at the Doubletree Hilton on April 25.

Last June 12, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman told the vernacular tabloid, Sinar Harian that he was deeply concerned with the involvement of foreign diplomats in the opposition-backed street demonstration.

Whether the diplomats were merely carrying out their duties as information gatherers or something more sinister, what they did was not wise.

He said such an act would lead to a negative perception of the country, and that diplomats should always be sensitive to the ways of the host country and strive to maintain good bilateral relations.

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