Sir, Sri Lanka still has much to do to implement its post-conflict LessonsÂ Learned and Reconciliation Commission report (â€œA SriÂ Lanka summit discredits the Commonwealthâ€, Gideon Rachman, June 25).
This isÂ a homegrown roadmap for achieving a multi-ethnic nation at peace with itself.Â The question for the international community is whether to criticise lack ofÂ progress from afar in implementing that report or to offer and to make aÂ practical difference. The Commonwealth has opted for the latter, and the SriÂ Lankan government even now is identifying the areas where we will help. We areÂ active in Sri Lanka in advancing Commonwealth values, including human rights,Â the media, judiciary, and building mutual respect and understanding inÂ communities.
Our Commonwealth soft power and behind the scenes contributions can often beÂ at risk of negative judgment in the short term, but our success is invariablyÂ measured positively in the longer term in the form of real progress. To walkÂ away and not to stay the course would be to the Commonwealthâ€™s lastingÂ discredit.
Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, London SW1,Â UK
The Financial Times.