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1 June 2010 07:23 am - 25     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Jamila Najmuddin

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is likely to arrive in Sri Lanka in 2013 to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which Sri Lanka will host that year, well informed sources told Daily Mirror online.

Sources added that the Queen may arrive in the country to open and attend part of the meetings which will also be attended by the Heads of State of the countries representing the Commonwealth.

British High Commission Spokesperson Dominic Willims, when contacted by Daily Mirror online said that it was customary for the Queen to inaugurate the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which is held every two years. However it is still too early to confirm if she will attend the event. 

The next Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting will be held in Perth Australia in 2011 and Sri Lanka is expected to host it in 2013.

Every two years, Commonwealth leaders meet to discuss global and Commonwealth issues, and agree on collective policies and initiatives. They are organised by the host nation in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Issues discussed include international peace and security, democracy, good governance, sustainable development, debt management, education, environment, gender equality, health, human rights, information and communication technology, law, multilateral trade issues, small states and youth affairs.

There are 54 countries currently in the Commonwealth and some of the countries include Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, India and Canada. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 25

  • Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:13 AM

    Definitely there will be a protest by Diaspora Tamils in front of her palace telling “Don’t go to Srilanka”

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 10:29 AM

    Namal!!! What will be your next target to welcome the Queeen.
    You are the man of the moment.

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 10:21 AM

    No big deal in Queen's visit.

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 10:14 AM

    What a positive thinking! Marvelous!

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 10:11 AM

    The Queen is most welcome. At least due to her visit our rulers will see that the garbage is removed, roads done up and attend to improve the infrastructure, at lease on the areas that the Queen may tend to travel.

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 10:09 AM

    ask her to watch 2012 & then come here

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:59 AM

    Some times i do not understand the ideology of these people ! one time they want to have their own state in sri lanka , and another they protest some one going to sri lanka .. wonder where the tail is hanging.

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:51 AM

    Do we have a commonwealth? Useless organisation.

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:28 AM

    IF this old lady IS ALIVE??? 2013 ??? LOL

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:28 AM

    The days are gone for Tamil Diaspora !!

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:24 AM

    A good sign of increasing tourism. With the statement we can revel our country safe and Convenient.

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:21 AM

    we can have a big ben in pettah then :-) why the queen bee want to visit sri lanka ...

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:19 AM

    Oh good at least by then they will repair some of the existing damaged roads....!!!....

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 08:29 AM

    i hope she will takeover the country from government and rule.....

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:13 AM


    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:12 AM

    I sincerely hope she will live that long...

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:03 AM

    Hope this will materialise

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:02 AM

    she seems to have high hopes....84 + 3 ?? let's keep our fingers crossed and hope it's not going to be 'King' Charles by 2013!

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:00 AM

    LTTE diaspora, it's time to start shouting against Queen's visit:-)

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 08:52 AM

    I love queens' dauthers' daughters

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 08:45 AM

    They might not isue her a visa!

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 08:44 AM

    According recent popular opinion, the common wealth was a worthless enterprise. If so, why all the excitement?

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 08:37 AM

    Still more time to come. Too early to comments on the visit. However, signs are good for Sri Lankans future. For 30 years Sri Lankans were bearing enough sorrowful life. Now the chance to them to enjoy their life span.

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 08:34 AM

    By 2013 we can expect a lot of development work completed, also pls refine the english of our leaders, as we cannot afford to murder the Queen!

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 08:33 AM

    Great!!!!!perhaps a new highway will be opened.

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