Maldives doesn't want to change Commonwealth Summit venue

Monday, 20 May 2013 - 19:07


Maldives Foreign Minister Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla said The Maldives does not want to change the venue of this year's Commonwealth summit from Colombo and opposes any punitive action against Sri Lanka.


Dr. Samad who was in Sri Lanka on a brief visit said that the Maldives was totally against any move to change the venue of the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka from 15th to 17th November.


He said that there might have been excesses during the war but the internal mechanism that had been put in place by the Sri Lanka Government could address those concerns.


The Minister said his country also had been unfairly subjected to ‘punitive action’ by being put on the CMAG agenda after last February’s transfer of power in the country following the controversial resignation of the then President Mohamed Nasheed.


Meanwhile, The External Affairs ministry states that Sri Lanka is keeping a close tab on possible moves being taken against the country by Canada.


External Affairs ministry secretary Karunatillaka Amunugama said that the Ministry was aware of discussions held recently between Canada and the Bahamas on the Commonwealth summit to be held in Sri Lanka.


He said that Sri Lankan Missions overseas had also been instructed to update the respective governments on the actual ground situation in Sri Lanka.


Amunugama also said that a meeting will be held with the Commonwealth Secretariat over the next few days in London regarding the preparations for the summit.

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