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The British Government said it would have the opportunity to further urge Sri Lanka to make concrete progress in areas of concern during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka.

“CHOGM will also be an opportunity for the British Government to further urge Sri Lanka to make concrete progress in areas of human rights, reconciliation and political settlement,” British High Commissioner John Rankin said during his ‘ask the high commissioner’ session when  answering a question as to why the British Government had decided to attend CHOGM instead of boycotting it.

Mr. Rankin said the decision to hold CHOGM in SL was not something new was decided two years ago at the previous heads of government meeting in Perth.
Prime Minister David Cameron had earlier confirmed he would attend the meeting because of the importance Britain placed in the Commonwealth.

“It’s an organization of shared values of respect for democracy, development, human rights justice and the rule of law,” he said adding that the British Government had made it clear that it would expect Sri Lanka to demonstrate its commitment to these values.

“As Foreign Secretary Burt has made it clear that we will look to SL as we will expect any host to demonstrate its commitment to these values,” Mr. Rankin said.

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  • gon rala Friday, 21 June 2013 12:12 PM

    Why didnt tigers even accept 13A ? so what political solution you tigers want ?

    Malin Saturday, 22 June 2013 07:20 AM

    Let the British politicians and the Police first look at their lawless society exposed at the recent cricket match at Cardiff

    ind Friday, 21 June 2013 09:31 AM

    WE saw UK commitment yesterday regarding the safety of Sri Lankans.

    jacoob Saturday, 22 June 2013 01:41 AM

    With due respect , please be informed that they are tamil people with genuine concerns about their friends and families .. LTTE is a forgone conclusion.. pl do not try to resurrect it for your petty benefits !!!

    Suq Madique Friday, 21 June 2013 09:41 AM

    What he really means is that SL should do the Int'l community is goaded on to say by the LTTE rump groups in their respective countries.

    Nodrog Friday, 21 June 2013 09:43 AM

    And we want the UK to protect our cricketers when they play in the UK. The lack of security was appalling considering they knew the LTTE would try something.

    Ken Saturday, 22 June 2013 02:54 AM

    Most Sri Lankan Thugs belong to the LTTE are either dead or left on boats to other countries like the UK. You need not look far to see their behavior disrupting Cricket Matches.

    If you don't like the country you are free to leave.

    gon rala Friday, 21 June 2013 09:52 AM

    We have to urge them to practice what they preach by rounding up all tiger proxies, supporters & organisations still collecting blood monies. They can prove their honesty by arresting & taking legal action against Mrs.Balasingham under anti terrorism law as she is a committed female tiger cardre who wore a cyanide pill for all media to see

    Ken Saturday, 22 June 2013 02:58 AM

    Please state what are the genuine concerns now for the tamil people. All people in Sri Lanka are Sri Lankans. There is no room for separation on ethnic lines. Why should the tamils have special privileges over any other community.

    Rohan Friday, 21 June 2013 10:00 AM

    I think David Cameron, Burt and William Hague should put in place regulations to ban the LTTE which is a proscribed terrorist group to make protests in the streets of London and lately on the cricket grounds. Why isn't there any police force to stop these happening with great danger to British Citizens.
    Why are you all in the Government keeping quiet and preaching to Sri Lanka about commitments. What about you? No commitments for safety of british citizens and visitors and stop the banned terrorist group to protest who are a dangerous lot. Time to wake up. It is what happened when the LTTE was massacring Sri Lankans even before the war. All were asleep but had the audacity to talk after the war.

    ravi Friday, 21 June 2013 10:10 AM

    great move push SL for political settlement.

    Yuri Friday, 21 June 2013 08:09 PM

    Yes its ture, its like representing Thugs ! its shame its better not to go UK, SL team can go to Iran, China, Syria, India Pakistan

    fernandfernando Friday, 21 June 2013 08:24 PM

    we will do our part youll do yoour part you cant stop lttte protesters coming into the ground even what shame uk goverment

    Jeewan Friday, 21 June 2013 09:25 PM

    UK should desist from being Anti-Sinhalese and Anti-Buddhist
    before they preach about good governance to Sri Lankan government.

    Kalum Friday, 21 June 2013 08:29 AM

    Meanwhile better to stop sending sport teams to UK, as its an unsafe Country for sports events

    kumar Friday, 21 June 2013 10:50 AM

    Sri Lankan thugs are the reasons for all these consequences.

    kumar Friday, 21 June 2013 10:54 AM

    Anti terrorism law under which country? If you have any evidence that the so called LTTE ' ers are doing something against the Britain you are free too submit that to them.

    Nodrog Saturday, 22 June 2013 05:19 AM

    Yuri don't stereotype! The same way not all tamils are LTTE supporters, not all citizens are thugs or even support them.

    Ranil Friday, 21 June 2013 11:07 AM

    we all saw LTTE (banned terror organisation) supporters freely interrupting a cricket match, protesting outside and fighting with Sri Lankan supporters in UK, first they need to control terrorism in UK

    k. soysa Friday, 21 June 2013 10:52 PM

    How about protecting our cricketers (a harmless and an uninvolved party) from those hooligans who keep you in power? I really wish the President and Defence Secy. really take this matter up at the highest level. Many have never seen such filthy conduct by a bunch of idiots who were nurtured by mother Lanka.

    Maha Rajanani Friday, 21 June 2013 08:54 AM

    Agreed.

    Albert Saturday, 22 June 2013 12:39 AM

    Ask Sri Lankan army to control these LTTE thugs.

    lal Saturday, 22 June 2013 06:36 AM

    CHOGM is a good opportunity for UK representatives to give commitments to victims of brutal British colonialism.
    Start with a visit to the massacre sites of the Uva province where the ENGLISH KILLED thousands of men, WOMEN and CHILDREN and work the way round India and Africa to other massacre sites.


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