Forget Lanka’s war crime, C’wealth chief tells


Chief of the Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma has urged Canada to drop its threat to boycott the group’s summit in Sri Lanka next year over war crimes allegations, AFP reports. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has warned that he may refuse to attend the summit unless Sri Lanka addresses allegations of atrocities during the closing battles of the war against the LTTE in 2009. Sharma, completing a five-day visit to Sri Lanka yesterday (Sept. 13), said the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November 2013 should be attended by all nations. “My message to all leaders is to participate at this (Sri Lanka) CHOGM,” he told reporters after talks in Colombo with the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse. “I understand a dialogue is going on between the two countries,” he said, adding that he hoped the issue would be “resolved” so that Canada could participate in the summit. Canada had wanted the Commonwealth to change the venue of the 2013 summit, but other member states turned down the request.]]>


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