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Friday, 08 November 2013 - 13:02
Update :Sri Lanka ready to reply to British Prime Minister
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Indian External Affairs Salman Kurshid says that the participation of the Indian Prime Minister at CHOGM is not a must.

He made this comment to India’s NDTV while speaking regarding Dr. Manmohan Singh’s decision not to attend CHOGM.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will participate at CHOGM and analysts point out that India’s absence would be another opportunity for China to move closer to Sri Lanka.

In the meantime, British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Sri Lanka has "serious questions" to answer about crimes allegedly committed during its civil war.

Cameron's comments came as he prepared to attend the Commonwealth summit on the island.

The prime minister said he would urge Sri Lanka to hold an inquiry into the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war.

However, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella speaking regarding the matter stated that the Sri Lankan government is prepared to answer any questions.

Update Sunday, 10 November 2013 - 01:10PM

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UK plans to have 'frank discussions' with Sri Lanka at CHOGM on all areas


Friday, 08 November 2013 - 13:02

The UK will have "frank discussions" with Sri Lanka at the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo on all areas where the island nation needs to show progress.

Following a UK parliamentary debate on Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth Meeting, the Minister of State for the Commonwealth, Hugo Swire said the UK will discuss Sri Lanka's progress on human rights, reconciliation and political settlement.

He said that if the UK boycotted the Commonwealth meeting as some have suggested, they will not be able to see the ground situation in the country that had emerged after three-decades of war.

The British Minister said UK's commitment to the Commonwealth was an important part of its decision to attend the summit in Colombo.

Swire emphasized that UK cannot show leadership on these issues if UK does not represented at the highest level in Colombo.

According to the British Minister hosting CHOGM has put Sri Lanka in the international spotlight and has helped contribute to some improvements.
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