Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 13:00
Tamil Diaspora and Canada protest against Sri lanka Minister G L to meet Commonwealth Secretary General today.
Thousands of Tamils demonstrated in Geneva to protest Sri Lanka's rejection of calls for an international probe.
Some 4,000 people, who had come from across Europe by bus and train, marched through Geneva and crowded into the square outside the United Nations' European headquarters.
The demonstrators blocked traffic through the centre of town and police were forced to use pepper spray to control the situation when protestors began pressing against the security barriers around the United Nations.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen says he is concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka in a message celebrating Commonwealth Day today.
He also warned the Commonwealth may lose relevancy and credibility as a values-based organization in the 21st century under Sri Lanka’s chairmanship.
However, Sri Lanka’s envoy in Canada, Chitranganee Wagiswara said her country would support the aspirations of all members of the Commonwealth, considered to be the oldest political organization of sovereign states made-up of 53 member countries representing two billion people.
Meanwhile, External affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peries represented President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Commonwealth Day celebration held at the Commonwealth Office in London yesterday.
External Affairs Ministry spokesman said that Minister Peries is scheduled to participate in a welcome ceremony organized by Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma today.