Thursday, 07 November 2013 - 13:16
A boycott of CHOGM is wrong says British Foreign Secretary.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has told a newspaper interview that a boycott of CHOGM in Sri Lankan would be wrong.
He told the Telegraph that Prime Minister David Cameron and he will travel to Sri Lanka for the latest Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to be held in Colombo.
During the interview with the Telegraph, Foreign Secretary Hague said that one shouldn’t regret the end of the LTTE campaign of terrorism.
He also said that no one can forget the bloodshed and horrific images that accompanied the end of the long conflict between the LTTE and the government, and CHOGM could be made a platform to discuss such matters.
Secretary Hague said that the British Prime Minister will visit the north of Sri Lanka and he expects to interact with the people in the peninsula to gather first hand information.
David Cameron will be the first British Prime Minister to visit the North region since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.
Foreign Secretary Hague also said that Sri Lankan has become a topical country in the world and by participating in the CHOGM; the United Kingdom would be able to intervene in settling the ongoing human rights situations.
He said Sri Lankan government has taken positive steps since 2009.
The 53 Commonwealth countries together represent two billion people – nearly a third of our world’s population.
Secretary Hague also said that during his tour in Sri Lanka, he expects to meet human rights activists as well.