C’ wealth denies confirmation of location

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Spokesperson for the Commonwealth Secretariat, yesterday denied that Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma “ made any statement with regard to Sri Lanka as the host venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2013”.

Below is the full text of the statement

Contrary to some media reports, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has not made any statements today with regard to Sri Lanka as host venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2013.

The only public statement issued by the Commonwealth Secretariat thus far is a press releaseissued by the Secretariat's Official Spokesperson, Richard Uku, on 10 February 2013 announcing the Secretary-General's current visit to Sri Lanka.

The Spokesperson's statement indicated that Mr Sharma will be in Colombo to discuss matters of shared interest between Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth, including November's Heads of Government Meeting. It indicated that he will review organisational preparations for CHOGM and discuss possible outcomes that Sri Lanka and Commonwealth leaders will want to achieve at the summit.

The Spokesperson's 10 February statement also indicated that Mr Sharma is expected to discuss, among other issues, options for advancing Commonwealth values and principles, including the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers.

There will be a statement at the end of the Secretary-General's visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 13 February.(H.F)

Sharma confirms summit location


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  • Lucky Weeramantry Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:05 AM

    The Foreign Minister Should Resign. He Doesn't Have That Sri Lankan Smile. The Main Commodity

    prf Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:48 AM

    KAWADA ME ANDANNE

    Game Kolla Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:59 AM

    There is a well known saying.....There are liars damn liars and. statistics......but.. now it has to rephrase as...There are Liars ...damn liars.... and politicians.

    raviraj Tuesday, 12 February 2013 07:05 AM

    sad news for so called patriots

    pasel Tuesday, 12 February 2013 07:29 AM

    Who is telling the truth it sound like our government
    "the communication error"
    or our government put cart in front the horse

    renu Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:05 AM

    We have people from GOSL who lie, from top to bottom including the state media people to mislead everybody. CHOGAM venue will be shifted I guess

    Podiman Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:19 AM

    (Antho Jata -Bahi jata ,Jataya Jahitha jata )
    Who is correct who is wrong gods will be known ! or may be unknown about future of the country !

    idroos2002 Tuesday, 12 February 2013 08:33 AM

    Hats off to our president and opposition leader for putting their hands together to make a name for the country and for them Colombo is the venue selected accordingly at the last summit no change . This not about going to the grocery for a cup of tea and logistically not possible .Its only the agenda and logistics being fine tuned. Its a matter of time from secretary general mentioning Colombo as the venue.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:24 AM

    Sharma retracting his approval after being pulled-up? Politics is such a dirty game with too many double-standards.

    Radish.S Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:22 AM

    So Mr.Amunugama's statement was a lie.

    Hinamaluwe Champaka Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:40 AM

    Heh heh he. We knew it yersterday itself.

    Prasad Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:44 AM

    Govenment is becoming jokers !!

    They publish statements and later withdraw. This is the second one for the month. First was President's denalya of US request, now commonwealth sec...... Govt may be thinking that everyone will take things so lightly. Stupidity or unskilled??

    Basheer Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:41 AM

    Ela...Ela... Very interesting

    Real Peace Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:47 AM

    Lies after lies, blunders after blunders....! When are they going to learn....?

    Minister Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:03 AM

    Thanks Sharma for saving us!

    Chamini Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:32 AM

    Ryan...are you still scared of Tigers?
    Why don't you grow up???

    Punny Pellow Wednesday, 13 February 2013 04:51 AM

    The assistants must follow in GL's footsteps, no?.

    Minister Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:04 AM

    Aiyooooo our guys were learning the gangam style dance for the commonwealth inauguration day!

    dutugemunu1 Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:47 AM

    If this is true why government wanted to make such a prfess release hurriedly.this will badly reflected agaian.

    Thomas Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:50 AM

    G L , what have you to say Now.
    Don't mislead the Citizens of this country.

    Mutu Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:51 AM

    This fodder from media are for the sycophantic goons of rulers.

    Chola Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:55 AM

    Changed our mind, location is Not Colombo but in Hambantota where lots of white elephants are...

    ilyasfazly Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:43 AM

    CHOGM. TO BE OR NOT TO BE. the game is on.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:58 AM

    Over to Daily Mirror they carried this article.

    Upul Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:04 AM

    blunders everywhere!!!!!!

    pena Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:04 AM

    what these brothers doing now is ruining the future of all sri lankans...
    people must rise up .. this is a shame !

    saranga Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:10 AM

    Another one, is that tweet from Mr President?

    Clifford Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:12 AM

    C’ wealth denies confirmation of location?? Come on whats going on, really cannot understand who is speaking the truth, Sri Lanka has become a puppet stage to the world now

    Terrance Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:12 AM

    Lies and deceiving are MR &Co rule of law

    Raja Raju Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:13 AM

    Those people are not living here.
    Once they reached their safe home they correct the lies.

    Lucky Weeramantry Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:42 AM

    Who's Blaming Who

    Dammika Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:18 AM

    Sad beautiful Sri Lanka has become the bigest laughing stock in the world thanks to the REGIME

    Lucky Weeramantry Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:47 AM

    Sharma Must Have Been On Transit, To His Real Destination

    Lucky Weeramantry Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:49 AM

    We Have Lost One Last Glimpse Of The Queen. What A Shame.

    Lucky Weeramantry Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:55 AM

    Already We Are Getting The Feel Of Sanctions

    padma Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:37 AM

    Rajapakse’s regiment executive power will be unduly for this proposes. We knew the verdict very early. More will follows.

    Bavana John Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:38 AM

    May be our MPs dont understand English

    kandy mail Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:53 AM

    SL GOVT cheating all.

    Bavana John Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:38 AM

    he did not understand english

    Herculese Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:41 AM

    Must be a ear trouble with Mr.Amunugama. Please see ENT surgeon.

    Ryan Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:42 AM

    Great news for the LTTE tigers Co.

    Lucky Weeramantry Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:57 AM

    Now The Government Will Blame Somebody For The Failed Mission

    Ryan Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:40 AM

    the official not mentioned, why is that?


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