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Saturday, 09 November 2013 - 13:00
Commonwealth General Secretary Kamalesh Sharma arrives
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Commonwealth General Secretary Kamalesh Sharma arrived in Sri Lanka for CHOGM at 12.30 Sri Lankan time.

Before his arrival to the country Kamalesh Sharma said that Sri Lanka has already taken steps to act as per the values of the commonwealth.

In an interview with India’s Hindu newspaper he said that the Commonwealth Secretariat will assist Sri Lanka in setting up a National Inquiry on certain incidents of harassment.

The Commonwealth Youth Forum will commence in Hambantota and the Public forum will commence in Hikkaduwa.

The Forum which will open under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma will see the participation of 106 youth representatives from foreign countries,

The Commonwealth Public Forum will be held in Hikkaduwa and the motive of the forum is to bring out the views of the people of participating countries and communicate them to the Heads of Government meeting via the respective foreign ministers.

Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunathilaka Amunugama stated that all measures are in place to welcome delegates arriving in the country for CHOGM.

 Update Saturday, 09 November 2013 - 7:29 PM



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Commonwealth General Secretary arrives


Commonwealth General Secretary Kamalesh Sharma arrived in Sri Lanka for CHOGM at 12.30 Sri Lankan time.

Before his arrival to the country Kamalesh Sharma said that Sri Lanka has already taken steps to act as per the values of the commonwealth.


Saturday, 09 November 2013 - 4:45 PM

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Sri Lanka to move forward with Commonwealth values - Kamalesh Sharma


Commonwealth General Secretary Kamalesh Sharma says that Sri Lanka has already taken steps to act as per the values of the commonwealth.


In an interview with India’s Hindu newspaper he said that the Commonwealth Secretariat will assist Sri Lanka in setting up a National Inquiry on certain incidents of harassment.

He expressed these views on the eve of his departure to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

To be set up under the aegis of the Sri Lanka National Human Rights Commission and to be assisted and monitored by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the inquiry will investigate all allegations from 2009.


The inquiry would take 18 months to complete its work.


Meanwhile, the participation of Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at CHOGM is still doubtful, with a final decision to be announced today.
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