At the United Nations in New York, where world leaders are gathered this week, Australia and Britain stated that they encouraged countries to participate in the Commonwealth leaders' meeting to be held in Sri Lanka in November. Although there were some concerns about human rights and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, there are areas of progress, the two countries noted.
"Sri Lanka will have an opportunity to show what progress has been made in areas of humanitarian support and human rights," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters. She said more could be achieved by engaging Sri Lanka than by isolating it.
Bishop welcomed this week's provincial elections in a region that was ravaged by the war, stated Montreal Gazette.