Queen, NZ PM to hold talks on SL

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Queen Elizabeth II are to discuss about Sri Lanka which is hosting the next Commonwealth heads of Government meeting in November, One news Channel reported.

Prime Minister Key and his family are enjoying a lavish with the Queen at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

One place they will be discussing is Sri Lanka which is hosting the next Commonwealth heads of Government meeting in November. The Queen will miss it for the first time in four decades. She is sending Prince Charles.

Canada's Prime Minister threatens to boycott CHOGM over human rights abuses by Sri Lanka's government.

Mr Key said: "They've taken a view and we respect that. But from New Zealand's point of view I guess the question you'd ask is 'what would be gained in us not going?'"

Some might question if his decision to go has more to do with the support Sri Lanka has given in hosing down protests against New Zealand milk powder exports.

"It's quite a big market from New Zealand's point of view. About half a billion dollars of Fonterra products sold into Sri Lanka," Mr Key said.

"But look, at the end of the day, there are lots of countries where we believe that they could make improvements and changes. And we advocate for those."
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  • lOl Saturday, 21 September 2013 12:37 PM

    Why NZ PM interested in SL? Probably he was forced to talk to Queen on behalf of SL and convince queen to attend.. Otherwise all the NZ milk products will be banned in SL again...

    sixth Saturday, 21 September 2013 12:38 PM

    poor milk powder PM.check how much your people are discriminating Asians..by experience

    Jagath Leanage Saturday, 21 September 2013 12:46 PM

    I will allow milk powder you come for CHOGM. Hik Hik. HIK. Good deal

    nalaka Saturday, 21 September 2013 01:19 PM

    Wait a minute are we still under the queen ?? damm I thought we were a republic and not a pupet of the monarch like Australia and New Zeland

    jayasiri Saturday, 21 September 2013 02:28 PM

    YES! I agree with NZ prime minster & UK PM, and many others attending and try to infleunce Lanka govt. rather than boycoting outright,, which will harden Lankan attitude.

    HR violations happen daily in countries which complain a lot & no action have been taken so far, to put their houses in order.

    hello Saturday, 21 September 2013 02:36 PM

    Hi Sug, you seem to be allergic to the words Tamil diaspora.

    lal Monday, 23 September 2013 11:06 AM

    NZ prime minister is a free man. Canada prime minister is bound by dictates of the large Tamil diaspora and their votes.

    Concerned Citizen Saturday, 21 September 2013 03:23 PM

    The Royalty have a special place in their hearts for Sri Lanka. I wont be surprised if the Queen expresses her regrets for not being physically fit (old age) to undertake travel to distant places, especially when her husband is unwell. This could be the beginning of her transferring some of the difficult tasks to the heir to the throne, Prince Charles.

    Jagath Leanage Saturday, 21 September 2013 03:48 PM

    You come to Sri Lanka, I'll buy milk powder.

    Jet Clips Saturday, 21 September 2013 04:01 PM

    can you ask her majesty the queen how did Diana die
    human rights my foot hypocrits

    Ceylonese Saturday, 21 September 2013 10:09 AM

    Can't wait to see Tamil diaspora's comments...

    Ranil Saturday, 21 September 2013 10:17 AM

    Can they also talk about poisoned milk products they sent out from New Zealand, which will have life long impact on Sri Lanakn kids?

    Will they also talk of any muslim looking man getting sidelined or humiliated in the metros of London?

    \Can someone tell them that it is better for them to clean their backyard before they try and encroac upon others?

    people in glass houses......

    Jagath Leanage Saturday, 21 September 2013 11:00 AM

    The way its going there should be a deal. You come to Sri Lanka we will allow your milk powder with DCD to bring to our country.

    Suq Madique Saturday, 21 September 2013 11:23 AM

    Ha ha...wait for it. Their script writers must be already busy churning out anti-lanka comments.


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