No one will boycott CHOGM

The Commonwealth secretariat and the Commonwealth 2013 summit Task Force say they do not expect any country to boycott the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka in November.

An advanced team from Commonwealth countries, including from the Commonwealth Secretariat, are already in Sri Lanka and more are expected over the next few weeks to look at the preparations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Richard Uku, Director of Communications and Public Affairs Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat and Anuradha Herath, the spokesperson in Sri Lanka for CHOGM 2013 said that no country has indicated that it will not attend the summit in Sri Lanka in November.

“We expect full participation by all Commonwealth countries,” the Commonwealth secretariat and the Task Force said.

Responding to human rights concerns in Sri Lanka, they said that Sri Lanka is implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the Commonwealth Secretariat is working with Sri Lanka in this regard.

Canada had been very vocal about its concerns on the summit in Sri Lanka in light of the human rights allegations while Britain has said it also wants to see progress in Sri Lanka ahead of CHOGM 2013. (Colombo Gazette)

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