The British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in its report ‘Role and Future of the Commonwealth’ has sharply criticized the decision to hold the CHOGM in Sri Lanka, and has called upon Prime Minister David Cameron to boycott the meeting.
The committee referred to the observations of the Commonwealth Advisory Bureau made after the last CHOGM conference held in Perth in 2011 warning against holding the 2013 meeting in Sri Lanka.
The committee also stated that the UK Prime Minister should publicly state his unwillingness to attend the meeting unless he receives convincing and independently-verified evidence of substantial and sustainable improvements in human and political rights in Sri Lanka.
However, the British Premier and Foreign Secretary William Hague will be participating at CHOGM.
Dr. Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK said that the international community should visit Sri Lanka and come to their own conclusions after making a objective and impartial analysis’ of the situation on the ground.