Commonwelath backs Sri Lanka

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma says the Commonwealth will continue to offer Sri Lanka assistance to impliment the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report.
In a comment to the London Financial Times, Sharma said the Sri Lankan government still has much to do to implement its post-conflict Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission report.
He said the question for the international community is whether to criticise lack of progress from afar in implementing that report or to offer and to make a practical difference.
Sharma says the Commonwealth has opted for the latter, and the Sri Lankan government even now is identifying the areas where the Commonwealth will help.
“We are active in Sri Lanka in advancing Commonwealth values, including human rights, the media, judiciary, and building mutual respect and understanding in communities,” he added.
Sharma says the Commonwealth soft power and behind the scenes contributions can often be at risk of negative judgment in the short term, but the success is invariably measured positively in the longer term in the form of real progress.
“To walk away and not to stay the course would be to the Commonwealth’s lasting discredit,” he added.
His comments came in the wake of calls for the Commonwealth to reconsider holding the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka this November owing to human rights concerns raised against the government. (Colombo Gazette)