The Sunday Leader

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)

5 Comments for “Britain Undecided On CHOGM 2013”

  1. Alisten-Australia

    No problem, we will send more from Austrlian PM and FM who promised to help SL wihtout considering or repecting human right issues,.Labour party memebers are set of idots.

  2. Britain is a democratic country. They respect human rights. They are not like our government. They respect law and nobody is above the law. Police can arrest Ministers or MPs if they break the law. Unlike in Srilanka where I have never seen a Memeber of Parliament is brought to Courts. In Srilanka the law is only applicable to ordinary people. How could one expect Britain to attend the Commonwealth meeting under these circumstances. I strongly object Britain to visit Srilanka.

  3. Duminda N Jayatileke

    England are essentially the Fathers of the Commonwealth, If they don’t attend then others will follow. Already rich first world countries like Canada and Australia have pulled out. Looks like Economic sanctions will follow as a result of a UN enquiry into the genocide murder of 300,000 Tamils. Looks like CHOGM will be canceled in SL.

  4. True democrats should not attend CHOGM in this country.

  5. The abuses are piling up, while even the govt of mahinda has not even got to the
    starting point of most crucial,long due problem of north-east, re-settlements since
    the war victory. Perhaps fooling the locals, is one try, but the democratic countries
    internationally, briefed with the vanni war, (horrors,) could not escape the Channel 4, sattelite, aided, sri lankan army perpetrations, towards another RUWANDA in
    SRI LANKA.

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