Posted on May 5th, 2013

MEDIA RELEASE- The High Commission of Sri LankaLondon

British Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron, and Foreign Secretary Rt Hon William Hague, will be attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK confirmed. The Commonwealth biennial meeting in November this year, will be preceded by the Commonwealth People’s Forum, the Commonwealth Youth Forum, and the Commonwealth Business Forum, and usually attracts several thousand delegates, and global media coverage. It will provide the opportunity for the 54 Heads to meet to discuss matters of global and Commonwealth concern, and agree collective policies and initiatives.

 Although there had been intensive lobbying in the past year by anti-Sri Lanka activist groups with collateral agendas, in particular in London, which is home to the Commonwealth Secretariat, they had not succeeded in their attempts to pressurize Commonwealth Nations to shift the venue, nor to pressurise the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to place Sri Lanka on its formal agenda.

 In that context, Dr Nonis reiterated the strong support that Sri Lanka enjoyed amongst the Commonwealth countries, represented by the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Secretariat, comprising the 54 London-based Commonwealth High Commissioners, during their regular deliberations at Marlborough House, in the spirit of unity and friendship. He also recalled the unwavering support of all except one Country, at recent meetings, which necessitates a depth and breadth of understanding that Commonwealth countries are at different stages of development, with a commonality of values and aspirations, as well as challenges and constraints, and it is precisely this rich and diverse tapestry that makes up the modern Commonwealth.

 Dr Chris Nonis also spoke earlier this week at the BBC’s RADIO 4 “Today” Programme in London, the BBC’s  flagship news and current affairs programme, which provides insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories throughout the UK. He articulated the comprehensive reconciliation, reintegration, and reconstruction programme underway in Sri Lanka in the post-conflict era, under the leadership of HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Questioned by BBC interviewers, he also pointed out the imperative for the international community to visit Sri Lanka and make an objective and impartial analysis of the reality of contemporary Sri Lanka, and extended an invitation to all those countries to experience Sri Lanka, the Host Nation of CHOGM 2013.


  1. Lorenzo Says:

    TE clowns LOST.

    SL is doing well. First won over Australia, now UK. Only Canadian canards remain.

    Good job all those who worked behind the scenes to win UK support.

  2. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    For the Tamil separatists this is only one more instance where they tried and failed, provied of course all the countries invited would send their leaders to the conference. They will keep trying, but if they fail, then, the separatists would have in vain spent enormous sums on this project to get their false message through to mislead the world leaders and as a result this would be another big financial loss for the LTTE fund managers. The real loss of face will be for AI, HRW, Canadian and Tamilnadu Leaders and those NGOs and journalists who ganged up with the Tamil Separatists to push their false but damaging allegations, for reasons best known to these shamless groups and individuals.
    It now seems that Justice will prevail and the Commonwealth meeting will take place in SriLanka as scheduled.

  3. Nimal Says:

    British PM knows that the diaspora supported labour party and if not for the hard work of the non diaspora residents that included SL students in London Conservative candidate in Hendon wouldn’t have won by 58,thus dislodging MP Mr Desmore.But the ungrateful Home secretary got rid of these poor students that came to study in UK.She used these poor students to play to the gallery of benefit scrounging so called working class.Truly shameful.

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