No issues with India

The government does not expect any issue with India’s participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November, a top Government parliamentarian said today.

External Affairs Monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena told reporters today that so far India has not said anything about boycotting the summit in Sri Lanka.

Political parties in Tamil Nadu have been calling on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to boycott the summit over human rights concerns in Sri Lanka.

External Affairs Minister, Professor G.L Peiris had this week handed over an official invitation to the Indian Prime Minister for the summit.

MP Gunawardena said that the government is satisfied with the preparations for the summit and expect all the Commonwealth countries to be represented.

He also said that Canada, which was part of an advanced team which visited the country this week ahead of the summit, was happy with the preparations.

Gunawardena said the government has no issue with who attends the summit on behalf of Canada.

Canadain Prime Minister Stephen Harper had said earlier that he may not attend the summit over human rights concerns.

Gunawardena also said that there will not be any major traffic disruptions during the summit. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. Sri Lanka is in a strategic location, but the rulers are not smart enough to take advantage of it, that is why they have been fighting since the independence. I have my doubts about the CHOGM in November. India hasn’t committed yet, Canadian PM said he will not attend, and he hopes the other leaders would take the same approach. The country leaders may send their representatives, it wont be the same as the leaders attending. Things are going to get worse in months. Not even one political leader has a political science degree. The political advisers aren’t smarter than their leaders. It shows their brain power. Whoever got political knowledge has been ignored, chased out of the country or killed. Thugs are in politics, judiciary and journalism. Basically thugs are running the country. The country is heading for crash landing, because truck drivers, taxi drivers and thugs are in the cockpit.

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