UK Prime Minister prepares for a tough discussion with Sri Lanka

Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 12:52



David Cameron has defended the decision to attend a high-profile international summit in Sri Lanka despite his concerns over the countrys human rights record.

The Prime Minister rejected a Labour call to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, insisting it was right for him to attend so he could have "very tough conversations" with the government.

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, visiting Cameron at Number 10, said it was right to engage with regimes but opposition voices must be heard.

Cameron said he was "not happy" with Sri Lankas human rights record and pledged to visit the north of the country.

Aung San Suu Kyi said if Cameron goes to Sri Lanka he should "engage with all those who are involved, all other stakeholders and not just the government".

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