Boycotting is a possibility: but not the right course of action –  New Zealand PM

Boycotting is a possibility: but not the right course of action – New Zealand PM

Boycotting is a possibility: but not the right course of action – New Zealand PM

Written by Staff Writer

11 Nov, 2013 | 3:02 pm


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Sunday that he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka.
Key said his presence at the CHOGM this week did not endorse Sri Lanka and that it was not a bilateral meeting with Sri Lanka.
According to international media reports, New Zeland Prime Minister John Key had emphasized that Sri Lanka is the host of CHOGM and that New Zealand is an important member of the Commonwealth.
Key said the absence of the high profile leaders would not change his mind about attending stating “there are over 50 countries in the Commonwealth and everybody else is going. We could boycott it, obviously that’s a possibility but I just don’t think that’s the right course of action.”
He also said the large media contingent heading to Sri Lanka for the CHOGM would also ensure human rights were put under the spotlight. Key said that Foreign Minister Murray McCully would travel with him to Sri Lanka and on to the country’s northern regions to examine the situation first hand.
 

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