Brits want foreign monitors at northern polls

Britain has called for international monitors to be in place during the scheduled elections in the Northern Province later this year.

Senior Minister of State at the British Foreign Office Sayeeda Warsi said her government would like to see a free and fair election in the north.

She has said this while addressing an event organized by the Global Tamil Forum in the British Parliament premises last week.

The Global Tamil Forum held its third anniversary gathering at the British Parliament with the participation of a number of British politicians as well as guests from other countries.Warsi said that Sri Lanka would be under intense scrutiny this year and Britain hoped the government would work with the international community to address concerns.

She also said that Britain had not yet decided on the level of attendance at the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka in November.

Canada has already said that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not attend the conference unless there is progress in Sri Lanka on addressing human rights concerns.

Britain has been consistently calling for an independent investigation into alleged human rights allegations in Sri Lanka.

Warsi said that fully implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) would go a long way in establishing lasting peace in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)