Harper avoids questions on Sri Lanka

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stayed clear from responding to questions on Sri Lanka during a news conference in Senegal today.

Harper was questioned by the media why he will attend a summit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo despite being concerned about the human rights situation in the country.

The Canadian Premier had said last year that he will not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka next year until the government addresses human rights concerns.

Asked at a news conference why that same standard wouldn’t apply to Congo, Harper sidestepped the question.

He was asked about his imminent visit at a news conference during the first stop on his African tour, in Dakar, Senegal.

“Minister Bernard Valcourt has already visited Congo to express our concerns about human-rights violations and we will express these preoccupations very clearly in that respect,” Harper said.