|Cameron urges President to work with Wigneswaran|
British Prime Minister, David Cameron said, he made it clear to President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he now has a real opportunity, through ‘magnanimity and reform,’ to build a successful, inclusive and prosperous future for Sri Lanka by working in partnership with the newly elected Chief Minister of the Northern Province.
Cameron on Monday (18) said in the House of Commons…
He further stated that no one wants to return to the days of ‘the Tamil Tigers and the disgusting and brutal things they did’ and that Britain should show ‘proper respect’ for the fact that Sri Lanka suffered almost three decades of conflict and that ‘recovery and reconciliation take time.’
“I very much hope that he seizes that opportunity.”
In a highly personal attack on the Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, who had urged the Prime Minister to join others and boycott the event, Cameron accused him of not knowing what he was talking about.
“When I met with President Rajapaksa, I pressed for credible, transparent and independent investigations into alleged war crimes. And I made clear to him that if these investigations are not begun properly by March then I will use our position on the UN Human Rights Council, to work with the UN Human Rights Commissioner and call for an international inquiry,” he said.
Later, the Prime Minister’s spokesman confirmed that, in his role, Rajapaksa would be attending the Commonwealth games in Scotland next year.
“We will take the same approach as we have towards the Commonwealth Summit, which is, that international events offer the opportunity to shine the spotlight,” he said