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PM Not to Attend Commonwealth Meeting in Sri Lanka

Date: November 13, 2013
Domain:International Relations
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS: 13, November 2013:  The Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, will not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka from 15 to 17 November 2013.
He made this statement yesterday in the National Assembly, following the Private Notice Question of the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Paul Bérenger.
The Prime Minister said that he was closely monitoring the evolution of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and expressed his grave concern about human rights violation in the country.  “Mauritius has never been and will never be indifferent to the Human rights violation anywhere in the world including Sri Lanka”, he said. The Prime Minister has, in his own deliberate judgment, decided not to attend the Summit. 
He recalled that, at a Special session of the Human Rights Council in May 2009, Mauritius was one of the 17 countries which attempted to get the 11th session of the Human Rights Council to investigate war crimes in Sri Lanka.
Mauritius will be represented at the Summit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr. Arvind Boolell.
 Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: Website:
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