The Commonwealth charged that if the Government of Sri Lanka failed to deliver on its promises to the international community regarding reconciliation, then the very credibility of the Commonwealth would be challenged.
“It would be singularly unfortunate if the international community was to lose faith in the will and ability of the Sri Lankan government to resolve peacefully and collectively its domestic challenges. This might put the Commonwealth itself in a delicate position for it would give ammunition to those critics who claim that it lacks the influence necessary to define itself as a major intergovernmental force,” said Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, the Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee, yesterday.
Sir Alan offered Sri Lanka the Commonwealth’s support and technical assistance in the reconciliation process. “CPA can work discreetly with Sri Lankan Members of Parliament in a structured programme embracing capacity-building, post-conflict reconciliation and constitutional and electoral workshops to help them maximise their role in the delivery of peace and accord,” he said. He made these comments at the Lakshamn Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture.
He said the Commonwealth had confidence in Sri Lanka’s ability to solve its issues in a timely manner. “CPA’s presence here in conference is a testimony to our belief in your intent to embed our Commonwealth values deeper into your constitution as your settlement progresses,” he said. (Dianne Silva)