David Cameron 'breached protocol' in Sri Lanka

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    David Cameron 'breached protocol' in Sri Lanka


    Sri Lanka's government has accused David Cameron of breaching protocol on his visit to the country, during which he raised concerns over alleged human rights abuses against Tamils.



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    David Cameron visited the Jaffna region during his trip to Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka's government has accused David Cameron of breaching protocol on his visit to the country, during which he raised concerns over alleged human rights abuses against Tamils.

    A senior source told the BBC that the prime minister had "brushed aside" an official and had failed to acknowledge a dance reception.

    They added that they "expected better".

    But Mr Cameron told MPs on Monday that his visit had succeeded in raising awareness of human rights issues.

    In May 2009, Sri Lanka's army defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers after almost 30 years of brutal and bloody civil war.

    The international community has since focused on the final phase of the conflict, as civilians were hemmed into a thin strip of land on the north-eastern coast. Both sides have been accused of atrocities.

    One UN report estimates that as many as 40,000 civilians were killed in that final phase, mostly by government shelling.

    'Declined to sign'

    Mr Cameron had come under pressure not to take part in the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the capital Colombo in protest.

    However, he attended and, during his stay, visited the northern region of Jaffna to see the situation facing the country's Tamil minority.

    A Sri Lankan government source said Mr Cameron had "breached protocol several times".

    It was alleged that he had "brushed aside" the main Tamil local official in visiting a displacement camp, when he should have been escorted by him.

    The source added that Mr Cameron had "declined to sign the national visitors' book" or "acknowledge a dance reception on arrival as he should have done".

    They said: "We thought Britain would do better. They're the ones who taught us protocol."

    The Sri Lankan newspaper Mawbima reports that government minister Champika Ranawaka said Mr Cameron had "no right" to address the Tamil issue as he was not taking part in a bilateral meeting between the two countries but a Commonwealth summit.

    On Monday in the House of Commons, the prime minister defended himself, saying it was his duty to "deal with, not ignore" controversial issues.

    He called for Sri Lanka to begin an inquiry into alleged war crimes by March or face international intervention.

    "I had a choice at this summit to stay away and allow President Rajapaksa to set the agenda he wanted or to go and shape the agenda by advancing our interests with our Commonwealth partners," he said.

    "I chose to go, to stand up for our values and do all I could to advance them. That was, I believe, the right decision for the Commonwealth, Sri Lanka and for Britain."

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    The SL Govt invited all to visit the North so as to 'showcase' the wonders that SL Govt has done for the Tamils.

    So, Cameron went.

    So far, so good.

    In a Commonwealth meet was else was their to discuss?

    The Queen's health?

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    The Charter goes to state

    The Charter brings together the values and aspirations which unite the Commonwealth - democracy, human rights and the rule of law - in a single, accessible document.

    The Charter expresses the commitment of member states to the development of free and democratic societies and the promotion of peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all peoples of the Commonwealth.

    The Charter also acknowledges the role of civil society in supporting the goals and values of the Commonwealth.


    Now, if the values of human rights is a part of the charter, then Cameron seems to be in the right to discuss it.

    He did not condemn SL, which any sane person, would have done so, but 'protocol' leashed the outpouring of the reality and instead a mild reference was made!

    Bully for you, Cameron!
     
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    British MP asks Sri Lanka to listen instead of offering 'knee-jerk' defensive responses

    Nov 20, Colombo: A British parliamentarian today asked Sri Lanka to listen to the calls from the international community to address the accountability for the allegations of war crimes instead of denying those occurred during the three decades of war.

    Alistair Burt, Conservative Party MP for North East Bedfordshire and the former Foreign Office Minister today defended the decision taken by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague to attend the 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo saying that it was difficult but right.

    Burt said in a statement that the decision was justified by media coverage of Cameron's visit to the island's North, a first by a foreign leader since 1948, and his determination to speak truth to the power that is the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's family.

    The MP said Cameron's visit and giving Sri Lankan President a deadline to conduct a credible, transparent and independent inquiry into the alleged human right violations were the easy measures and the hard works is yet to begin.

    "Though it may be surprising to say so, this has been the easy bit. It will be harder," he said.

    He said what is even more important is to work with friends of Sri Lanka to demonstrate why a positive response from that country, driving forward the recommendations of its own Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission and tackling accountability for the past, does not denigrate ending the appalling terrorism of the Tamil Tigers but lays the base for the only serious chance of reconciliation in the future.

    "It would help if Sri Lanka and its representatives actually listened to what was being said by so many, rather than offer knee-jerk defensive responses," Burt said

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    I think SL should emerge from their guilt that has made them defensive and instead move on and try to do good for all to include the Tamils.

    It is time to hear the clarion call of sanity and not sulk and whine!
     
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    Well they are not going to come out of their cucoon. Now the pressure is actually mounting on them to deliver. Canada Boycotted the summit. The British PM has given a open call for enquiry and has set a deadline. India is getting into the Election mode and the 40 MP's in offer from TN will lure the Naitonal parties to toughen their stand aainst the Lankans. China made a sommesault by asking SL to look into human rights issue.

    Now the possiblke out comes in SL are, more scape goats, some high profile names dragged into war crimes (generals who are not in favor of the Govt brass), more abuse of the minority community, more white van incidents, more alienation of the minorities (this time muslims will feature too), more riots by right wing nationalists. All again direct the island towards another civil war.

    I sincerely hope a Nato invasion that would secure their position in the head of the Indian Ocean and thereby keep the Chinese ambitions in a check.

    If India dont act on time and bring a peacefull solution to the Eelem Tamils desire for a independent nation, somebody else will do that and make a formidable claim over the Indian ocean sea routes.
     

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