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Friday, September 14, 2012 - 6.30 GMT
"No deficit in democracy in Sri Lanka" – C'wealth SG


The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma said that he saw no deficit in democracy in Sri Lanka. “I don’t think there is a deficit in democracy in Sri Lanka.

However, considering the fact that democracy is a continuing process, there are certainly areas that could be addressed and improved,” he said addressing media yesterday.

Mr. Sharma said there was no longer a question of appointing a Commissioner for Democracy, the Rule of Law, and Human Rights, and that the Commonwealth would discuss, later this month, what steps could be taken to perform this function without appointing an official.

He said the Commonwealth was looking into starting a number of projects in collaboration with the Sri Lankan government in the areas of public service, youth entrepreneurship and local government.

The Secretary General was here to attend the sessions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and to discuss preparations for the upcoming CHOGM. “I have visited the venues at which the events of the meeting will be held and preparations are proceeding well. There are certain venues that have yet to be finalised but the direction in which these decisions are progressing are satisfactory,” he said.

The Secretary-General urged Canada to drop its threat to boycott the group’s summit in Sri Lanka next year over war crimes allegations.

He said the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2013 should be attended by all nations.

“My message to all leaders is to participate at this (Sri Lanka) CHOGM.”






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