CHOGM Summit in Sri Lanka: Commonwealth Secretary General’s Office Denies Media Reports
The official web site of the Commonwealth denies the reports published in certain media on Monday which said the Commonwealth has taken the decision to choose Sri Lanka as host venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2013.
According to The Commonwealth, the official website of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the only public statement issued by the Commonwealth Secretariat thus far is a press release issued by the Secretariat's Official Spokesperson, Richard Uku, on 10 February 2013 announcing the Secretary-General's current visit to Sri Lanka.
The website, however, stresses that there will be a new press release on Wednesday, 13 February when Mr Sharma concludes his recent visit to Sri Lanka.
The purpose of the current visit by the Secretary General is, as cited by the Commonwealth Secretariat is as follows:
“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.”
- Asian Tribune -