Britain Undecided On CHOGM 2013
The British government is undecided on attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka later this year.
The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives John Rankin quoted the British Foreign Ministry as saying last month that it was too early to say if Britain will attend the summit and at what level it will be represented.
Rankin meanwhile quoted the British Foreign Ministry as saying that Britain will look to Sri Lanka, as any other CHOGM host, to demonstrate its commitment to uphold the Commonwealth values of good governance and respect for human rights.
British Prime Minister David Cameron in November last year was urged by British MPs to consider boycotting the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka in protest at its human rights record.
The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said it was wrong for Colombo to host the heads of government meeting amid reports of continuing “serious abuses”.
The PM should not attend unless he had clear evidence of progress, it added.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already said he will boycott the biennial event in November 2013 unless Sri Lanka’s human rights record improves. (ER)