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Need to see more reconciliation in Sri Lanka-Cameron

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 01:17

Nov. 14 - British Prime Minister David Cameron says more reconciliation and more investigation is needed into Sri Lanka's human rights violations. Julie Noce reports.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron defends his decision to attend a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka. The Canadian and Indian Prime Minsters have pulled out of the upcoming summit over allegations of abuses against ethnic minority Tamils since the end of the civil war four years ago. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "India, Canada, Britain; We all have the same approach to Sri Lanka, which is that we want to see greater efforts of reconciliation, we want to see better efforts on human rights, we want to see proper enquiries into what happened at the end of that dreadful civil war. So, there is a lot of difference in the policy." Human Rights Watch say dozens of cases of abuse have been documented, including rape while under detention. During a business forum ahead of the summit, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa answered critics by advising they show some respect. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA SAYING: "If anyone wants to complain about human rights violation in Sri Lanka, whether it is torture, whether it is rape, we have a system. You all must respect the system of a country, the culture of a country. We are ready to look into these things. If there are any violations we will take action against anybody….anybody. I am ready to do that." The 52 member Commonwealth is made up of mostly former British colonies and holds a summit every two years.

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Need to see more reconciliation in Sri Lanka-Cameron

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 01:17