Canada Still Pushing to Move Commonwealth Summit from Sri Lanka



Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper


While the Commonwealth Secretariat insists that no foreign government has formally requested that the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka this year be shifted out over human rights concerns, a last minute push is now underway with parties urging their governments to make that move ahead of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting to be held later this month.

A Commonwealth Secretariat spokesman had told The Sunday Leader recently that Sri Lanka is not part of the CMAG agenda this month but it is now understood that attempts are being made to discuss Sri Lanka outside the main agenda.
The current membership of CMAG is Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago and Vanuatu.

The main push to have the Commonwealth summit shifted out of Sri Lanka is expected to come from Canada with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper already issuing a warning that he may boycott the summit if there is no progress in Sri Lanka on the human rights issue.






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