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Manmohan Singh’s visit to Colombo – decision in the making

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A final call on Manmohan Singh’s visit to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will be taken by the Prime Minister himself, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
 
According to Congress sources, the decision will be taken after weighing the conflicting views of the people of Tamil Nadu, reflected in stands taken by Congress and DMK leaders, on the one hand, and maintaining good relations with a neighbour on the other hand.
 
Meanwhile, several views have been expressed on Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting next week.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that  he will demand that the Sri Lankan government independently and transparently investigate allegations of human rights abuses.Defending his decision to attend the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo next week, Cameron said he would have a better chance of securing changes if he pressed ahead with his visit to Sri Lanka.
 
Cameron said he wanted to “shine the international spotlight on the lack of progress” made in post war Sri Lanka.
On Thursday, South African peace campaigner and Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu also commented on CHOGM 2013 with a select group of journalists while on a visit to India.
 
Nobel Laureate / Chairman of The Elders, Desmond Tutu expressed these views;
“If there are enough reasons to suggest that the Sri Lankan Government have not been doing things with integrity, I think the world has to apply all the screws. I am saying, Yes, maybe they shouldn’t go and I would be guided by what the Tamils there and not Tamils here would be saying on the issue.”
Meanwhile, India’s The Hindu newspaper reported that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is also of the view that the CHOGM could be an opportunity for countries to encourage Sri Lanka in the path of reconciliation that it is seeking to walk on.”
 

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