Canada not decided its delegation for CHOGM


canada-Senator_Hugh_SegalCanadian special envoy Hugh Segal, he is in Sri Lanka has had talks with several officials and others in Colombo.

Special Envoy to the Commonwealth, Canadian Senator Hugh Segal, is in Sri Lanka as an envoy to the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

“I have had a day and a half of meetings with various civil society groups, some parliamentarians, international organizations, Commonwealth and other diplomats and officials of your Foreign Ministry,” he told the Colombo media.

He said that he will be in the north for two days starting on Wednesday and will be meeting senior government officials all day on Friday.

“As you may know, the level of our delegation to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting scheduled for November in Colombo has yet to be decided. I shall report back to the Foreign Minister after my trip is concluded,” he said.

Canada says Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not attend the CHOGM in Sri Lanka unless there is an improvement in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Chrystiane Roy had said last December that the Canadian government feels the Sri Lankan government continues to fail victims and survivors of the war.

The spokesperson also said that Canada is ‘deeply troubled’ by reports of intimidation of judges in Sri Lanka, and reiterate the importance of judicial independence.