All Commonwealth member states except Canada and India have confirmed the participation of their heads of government at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOOGM) in November in Colombo, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris said.
Addressing a media briefing at SLFP headqurtes yesterday,Prof. G. L. Peiris dismissed the reports that India has set conditions for it to participate in the summit.
The Minister said that the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not presented any condition to participate at the CHOGM. Canada and India have assured sending their delegations but to what level of participation is not certain yet, the Minister added.
Prof. Peiris responding to the media queries said the President is not so far scheduled to meet the Indian PM when the President attends the UN General Assembly in New York which opens yesterday.
Speaking of the forthcoming provincial council election, Minister Peiris said that the election could be introduced as an opportunity given to the public to safeguard the victory acquired after eradicating terrorism.
"It will pave the way to give the message to the international community that the public is with the government. It will be able to defeat the attempts of foreign powers to destabilize the country by winning this election," he said.
The Minister pointed out that no terrorist activity has taken place in the island since the end of the terrorism four year ago with the defeat of LTTE but some factions are trying to destabilize the country in other ways by using the money collected for terrorism.
Ministers Dullas Alahapperuma and W.D.J Seneviratne also addressed the media at the briefing.