The Commonwealth Secretariat on Tuesday said that Sri Lanka's human rights situation will not be on the agenda of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting next month.
A spokesman for Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma told reporters that CHOGM 2013 will be held in Sri Lanka as scheduled and that the island has not been included on the agenda for the next scheduled meeting of CMAG in April, stated Xinhua.
"I can confirm to you that Sri Lanka is not on the agenda for the next scheduled meeting of CMAG on April 26. A discussion of CHOGM is not on the agenda for the April 26 CMAG meeting either. It was the Commonwealth Heads of Government that made the decision to hold the 2013 meetings in Sri Lanka. Such decisions are made at the Commonwealth Heads of Government level and not by CMAG," quoting the Commonwealth Secretary General's spokesman Richard Uku Xinhua reported.
He also said that the Commonwealth will continue to explore opportunities where it can offer its collective wisdom and experience, and will aim to agree by mid-2013 on areas where it can support Sri Lanka's implementation of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).