Tuesday, 05 November 2013 - 13:23
Commonwealth Secretary General states that international inquiry against SL impractical
Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma says that it is impractical to hold an international inquiry against Sri Lanka on its human rights situation or the alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the 2009 war.
Having rejected a demand for such an inquiry against Sri Lanka, Dr. Sharma told a BBC interview that there is no decline in numbers of participating Heads of Governments in the forthcoming CHOGM in Colombo.
He said that the Commonwealth is always engaged in practical course of action on reconciliation, and it has already joined the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka to launch such a program.
Meanwhile Indian External Affairs Ministry has recommended that Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh should participate in forthcoming CHOGM in Colombo.
The Hindu newspaper quoted an Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman as saying that India should take the importance of current strategic and security situation in Sri Lanka into consideration and Premier Manmohan Singh should participate in the forthcoming CHOGM.
However, several Ministers of Congress Party who represent Tamil Nadu Government have raised their objections to the ministry decision.