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Sri Lanka expressed its disappointment over remarks made by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper against holding the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka in 2013, the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canada said.

“The Commonwealth Member States in 2009, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Trinidad & Tobago decided to hold the 2013 Summit in Sri Lanka and therefore it would be unfair to reopen the issue since the arrangements for hosting the summit in 2013 are already underway,” High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara told the Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird in Ottawa.

“The possibility of arranging for a visit to Sri Lanka by a group of Canadian Members of Parliament was also discussed among other matters,” the statement said.


Last week, the Canadian Prime Minister has said that as Prime Minister he will not attend the Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka, if there is no progress in terms of human rights.

“I have expressed concerns about holding of the Commonwealth Summit, the one after the one coming up in Sri Lanka, I intend to make clear to my fellow leaders of the Commonwealth that if we do not see progress in Sri Lanka in terms of human rights and some of the issues you’ve raised, I will not as Prime Minister be attending that Commonwealth Summit,” the Premier had told the media.
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  • ajith Saturday, 17 September 2011 07:49 AM

    I see an imbalance in our foreign relationships.
    If we are to prosper as a nation we need have a very balance policy with all nations.

    V. Puran Appu Saturday, 17 September 2011 08:34 AM

    Typical case of Pot calling the kettle black.

    The West is the master of human rights violations.

    Ranjitdea Saturday, 17 September 2011 08:47 AM

    Mr PM, What are Canadian Soldiers doing in Iraq and Afganistan? Practice what you preach!

    patriotic Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:10 AM

    Matthew 7:3
    Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?


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