David Cameron will attend the Commonwealth Summit in November despite serious divisions within the organisation over the human rights record of Sri Lanka, the host government.
Calls on Mr. Cameron to boycott the event risked an embarrassing split with Buckingham Palace, had the Queen travelled to the meeting as the Commonwealth’s head.
The organisation decided at its last meeting two years ago to hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka this year but many states have since been dismayed by Sri Lanka's failure to heed calls for reform.
In particular Colombo has come under fire for its failure to promote reconciliation with the Tamil minority in the aftermath of the vicious civil war that ended in 2010.
Officials said yesterday that Mr. Cameron had decided to make a robust stand in person against Sri Lanka’s human rights record and attacks on its democratic standards by its authoritarian president, Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“We do not think that turning away from the problem is the best way to make progress in Sri Lanka. There’s nothing to suggest that not going will convince Rajapaksa he must do more,” said a government spokesman.(The Telegraph)
Atlast you have shown that you are a true Brit Cameron.I have worked with many Brits and still work along with many Brits and we still share good values of our countries.Sri Lanka was a failed state for 30 years thanks to Tamil Tigers and now Sri Lanka is in rebuilding process and your attendance will certainly will strenghthen Sri Lanka and its people.Your visit will be a slap in the face for Diaspora who is crying false.
HtLt Saturday, 04 May 2013 06:21 AM
Air bus with RR engines and RR cars can bend them any directions. We can be very proud that come and go around in RR
DCOL Saturday, 04 May 2013 06:37 AM
All parties must united on this occasion as this is a Great opportunity to show what the Country has done.
Yes it is not perfect...but also not dark as they think in the west.
Take them to North and East..but for god's sake not to Hambantota
Grace Saturday, 04 May 2013 06:53 AM
Whatever differences you politicians have, we Sri Lankans love British people.
Amila. G Saturday, 04 May 2013 06:57 AM
Diaspora can not buy all the people all the time .
jay Saturday, 04 May 2013 06:57 AM
slap on the face to LTTE supporters ha ha ha
Nims Saturday, 04 May 2013 07:04 AM
Sure!!! we do love cricket Big Ben
tissa Saturday, 04 May 2013 07:08 AM
Canada should follow.
Seelawathie Saturday, 04 May 2013 07:35 AM
Thanks for coming,Mr Cameron.
Nodrog Saturday, 04 May 2013 07:57 AM
This should have been the attitude of Canada also. Come here and see for yourself the actual picture instead of depending on allegations spread mainly by the diaspora. Also is a good opportunity to tell MR off to his face...........put him in his place once and for all!!!
Trehan Munasinghe Sunday, 05 May 2013 12:59 PM
31 people are from LTTE ??
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