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Australia backs CHOGM in Lanka

2013 Sep 27

Sri Lanka received crucial support from  Australia for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in November.

The Associated Press quoted Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as saying that while there remain important concerns about human rights and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, Commonwealth leaders must still participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held in Sri Lanka in November.

“Sri Lanka will have an opportunity to show what progress has been made in areas of humanitarian support and human rights,” Bishop told reporters in New York. She said more could be achieved by engaging Sri Lanka than by isolating it.

Bishop also welcomed the provincial elections held in the North. (Colombo Gazette)

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