Mahinda in background of Commonwealth minisummit, photo by ComSec
Despite all the news coverage within SL, almost nothing on Sri Lanka has been released. There is one document where they’re asking what the UN thinks about Sri Lanka. There is today another cable from the London Embassy out which covers a discussion with Commonwealth Political Director Amitav Banerji in 2009. As usual, everyone is looking at the SL human rights record during the war. In this case, SL seems to have been denied the right to host the next Commonwealth meeting based on the same. The relevant text is reproduced below:
Banerji said that the human rights situation in Sri Lanka during and after the recent military offensive had been raised “informally and off the record” by the UK during the last CMAG meeting, forcing a difficult conversation with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, as Sri Lanka is currently a member of CMAG. Banerji said the Commonwealth continues to watch the situation in Sri Lanka and noted that Sri Lanka’s offer to host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) had been turned down over concerns about lending international credibility to the Government’s actions.