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SL hopes Canadian PM will attend CHOGM

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Claiming that Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has confirmed his participation in the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka today expressed hope that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper would also confirm his participation at the CHOGM.

“About 85 per cent of the participants from 54 Commonwealths countries including Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird have confirmed their attendance at CHOGM. We hope the Canadian Premier will also confirm his participation once the other Commonwealth Leaders confirm their participation,” External Affairs Monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardane told media heads at Temple Trees.

He said the host country would only bear the expenses of the Heads of State, Foreign Ministers and Foreign Ministry Secretaries. “The expenses of the other delegates will have to borne by themselves or by their respective countries,” he said.

He said at least 6,500 hotel rooms would be required to accommodate the foreign delegates including foreign businessmen or women. “From this exercise we can earn seven to ten billion rupees,” Mr. Gunawardane said.

Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundare said the government has decided not to purchase any vehicles for Ministries, Corporations, the Central Bank and other State owned institutions for this year as we are hoping to release vehicles, that were imported for the use of CHOGM, once the meeting is over,” he said.

  Comments - 6

  • Saskia Tuesday, 30 July 2013 09:41 AM

    This is only a hope and the reality will be different. Furthermore, how can SL expect this while SL has not commited to its promises regarding LLRC and other?

    Kondebedapucheena Tuesday, 30 July 2013 09:49 AM

    Who cares just a waste of money

    sanjeewa2 Tuesday, 30 July 2013 09:57 AM

    he must attend... otherwise he will be broken nose

    Yuri Tuesday, 30 July 2013 07:18 PM

    Canad is the most civilized country in the World. Prime Minister is not Daya master or Kruna

    kumaraya Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:15 AM

    The reason he may not attend is the failure on the part of our government to clearly disclose the truth regarding the situation in the North and East and the real way that the Tamils live in Sri Lanka, how they own land, work and interact in the rest of the Provinces. There is a strong lobby of so-called "GTFs" all representing the diaspora in Canada.They have misled P.M Harper on this subject and Harper being a very honest man, despite being a politician, sticks by his principles.

    channa Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:21 AM

    keep dreaming


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