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Friday, January 11, 2013 - 05.27 GMT

Australia's decision to attend CHOGM had not changed – High Commission


The commitment made by Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr, during his recent visit to Sri Lanka confirming Australia’s decision to attend had not changed, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said.

“Australia most certainly will be at CHOGM, and we would urge nations like Canada to do so as well. Further we would suggest that Canada engages in talks with Sri Lanka as the best way of elevating human rights concerns is by discussing the issue. We'd suggest that the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission is the basis for such engagement, and accepting accountability for events at the end of the civil conflict is part of that reconciliation process,” Senator Carr said last month, while in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka will host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo from 15 to 17 November 2013.

Announcing the event President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka is looking forward to share experiences in areas of collective interest, including rural development, youth empowerment and people-centered socio-economic growth within the Commonwealth family, and engage with all members to achieve a significant outcome.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General noted that CHOGM is an opportunity for Commonwealth leaders to work on common approaches to the current national and global challenges and find ways for the organization to serve the world better.





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