Mauritius pulls out of hosting 2015 CHOGM: PM

2013-11-16 03:33:03

Mauritius will not host the next Commonwealth summit in 2015 as planned because of its boycott of this weekend's meeting in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Navin Chandra Ramgoolam told British television.

Rangoolam yesterday defended his decision not to attend the heads of government meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, saying there was "total lack of accountability" about human rights abuses during the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict.

But he said a consequence of his boycott was that Mauritius would no longer hold the next CHOGM in two years. "The tradition is that the head of government who wants to host the next CHOGM should be present in the country which is actually holding the CHOGM summit," Rangoolam told Channel Four news.

"So I have instructed my foreign minister that since I have not come to the CHOGM in Sri Lanka -- I don't want to disturb convention or tradition -- then somebody else can do the CHOGM of 2015. I will withdraw from that CHOGM."

Mauritius joined India and Canada in refusing to send a premier to Sri Lanka, which is accused of widespread human rights abuses against its Tamil minority and the killing of tens of thousands of civilians in its 2009 defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels.

"There has been a total lack of accountability and I find this totally unacceptable," said Rangoolam, whose country comprises of an estimated 10 percent of ethnic Tamils.

"We have values which are enshrined in the Commonwealth charter, we must stick to those values," he added. (PTI)

  Comments - 22

  • ANTON Saturday, 16 November 2013 06:13


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    raspi Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:24

    LOL think he just got freaked out seeing the magnitude of expenditure just for a conference.

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    R.Dias Saturday, 16 November 2013 06:16


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    george Saturday, 16 November 2013 06:59

    You really want next CHOGM in this coolie's country? I think not

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    Ramuk Saturday, 16 November 2013 07:40

    y not if pariah country can host but wait they have values ...

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    ANTON Saturday, 16 November 2013 06:18


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    Ramuk Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:53

    i thought u guys had enough ha ha ha card kudu nee

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    Saman Saturday, 16 November 2013 07:28

    Looks like he did not want to have the next chogm ! And found a easy loop hole

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    Raman Saturday, 16 November 2013 10:45

    Yes, a clever move to avoid all the trouble of hosting a CHOGM. Chickening out due to fear of failure.

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    Punny Pellow Sunday, 17 November 2013 03:12

    Nonsense, Naturally this P(oor) M(an) did not wish to inherit a COMMON POVERTY!!

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    Lankan Man Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:04

    Don't worry. Sri Lanka will not boycott.

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    Aaaa Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:14

    Again next meeting in srilanka, thanks to moritious

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    Mahinda Hordagoda Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:20

    why don't you give part of your country to the tigers .

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    mewan Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:35

    How ironic. Now there is no successor for in CHOGM also.

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    Roshan WR Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:37

    You chickened out because you could not match up to the standards of SL. What a shame.

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    Human Sunday, 17 November 2013 04:29

    In what ways Roshan? U mean in sponsoring crime?

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    an s !!!kith udugama Saturday, 16 November 2013 12:44

    Who wants to go there any way,

    If they attack and annexe U S we will take the side of U S LOL

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    Chris Saturday, 16 November 2013 16:28

    Who cares, boot licker of imperialists

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    Simple mind Sunday, 17 November 2013 05:14

    Oh so it was not the bootlicker of imperialists who hosted the CHOGM .

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    Human Sunday, 17 November 2013 04:28

    I really bow to this gentleman. Sri Lankans are not fortunate to have such honest leader.

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    jay Sunday, 17 November 2013 06:20

    Mr Kamalesh Sharma shoul resign. He has created a big mess in Srilanka. Looks like he supports LTTE

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    Roshini Sunday, 17 November 2013 07:02

    Oh, honestly, do you guys really think these politicians take this kind of decisions, because of their high moral ground? Grow up and join the real world. Mauritius voted against us in Geneva and boycotted CHOGM because it's practically a satellite of India and it receives trade concessions from the EU which it was afraid of losing. It's afraid of the bullies, nothing else. Don't attribute morals to these hypocrites...sorry, leaders that they don't have

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