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A statement on commonwealth conference from commonwealth secretariat on 13 feb 2013

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma

Commonwealth Summit 2013

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma made statements regarding Sri Lanka as a host venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for November 2013. The Secretariat’s Official Spokesperson Richard Uku stated on the official website that only statement issued by the Commonwealth Secretariat was the one issued by him on February 10, 2013 announcing the Secretary-General’s visit to Sri Lanka. 

however he stated that another statement will be released on February 13 following Kamalesh Sharma’s visit to Sri Lanka. Full statement: Contrary to some media reports, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has not made any statements today with regard to Sri Lanka as host venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2013.

The Spokesperson’s statement indicated that Mr Sharma will be in Colombo to discuss matters of shared interest between Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth, including November’s Heads of Government Meeting. It indicated that he will review organisational preparations for CHOGM and discuss possible outcomes that Sri Lanka and Commonwealth leaders will want to achieve at the summit. The Spokesperson’s 10 February statement also indicated that Mr Sharma is expected to discuss, among other issues, options for advancing Commonwealth values and principles, including the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs states that the aim of the visit of Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma is to discuss the organisational activities of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit. There will be a statement at the end of the Secretary-General’s visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 13 February. 

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