Hosting CHOGM in 2011:
Sri Lanka receives overwhelming support
On the subject of hosting CHOGM on 2011 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
received the support of 45 countries out of the total of 51 member
states who participated in the Commonwealth Ministers' Meeting on
Wednesday held in Trinidad & Tobago.On the other hand United Kingdom,
New Zealand and Canada did not support the holding of the summit in Sri
At the pre-ministerial meeting of the CHOGM , the discussion took
place on the agenda about the next venue of the Summit - 2011, of the
Commonwealth Heads of Governments.
Earlier in 2007, when the CHOGM was held in Kampala, Sri Lanka has
offered to host the meeting in 2011 in Colombo. The Kampala communique
noted the offer by the Sri Lanka Government to host the summit in 2011.
When this matter was taken up for discussion on 26 November at the
Ministerial Meeting, Sri Lanka received overwhelming support from member
countries from Asia, Caribbean and Africa. Only United Kingdom, Canada
and New Zealand opposed the Sri Lankan offer to host the CHOGM saying
that this discussion should be taken by the Heads of Governments.The
Asian Tribune learnt that the reason for the United Kingdom's opposition
to Sri Lanka's offer is said because Gordon Brown who might be facing
the next parliamentary general elections, thinks that he should embrace
the support of the undemocratic forces and pro-terrorists elements in
the country.Unfortunately he has failed to consider that his opposition
might bring about a serious dent in the commonwealth system as a whole.
After the opposition forthcoming from UK, Canada and New Zealand,
ministers have decided to refer this matter to the Heads of Governments
regarding the Sri Lanka's offer to host the 2011 CHOGM in Colombo.
The practice in the Commonwealth is to arrive normally any decision
on consensus.A senior official in the Commonwealth system when speaking
to Asian Tribune told that when it means consensus it does not mean to
be unanimous.It is expected that those with the dissenting views has to
compromise their decision with the majority in order to maintain the
brotherhood in the commonwealth family.The senior official further said
that consensus reflects the majority view only, and dissenters have to
compromise, otherwise it might lead to a serious repercussion to the
Commonwealth family.He described as far as SAARC is concerned decisions
are taken on unanimous basis, where as in the commonwealth only based on
Asian Tribune learnt that many member countries are of the view that
Sri Lanka should be given the opportunity to showcase its success in its
humanitarian endeavour to liberate the Tamils from the terrorist grip
and bring back the whole of Sri Lanka under a true democratic system.The
Sri Lanka Ministerial team is led by Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of
Foreign Affairs.The ministerial delegation did their best to galvanise
the support of 95 percent of the member governments participated in the
True credit should go to Rohitha Boggollagama for his eloquent
presentation of the Sri Lanka case and also for his untiring some effort
to gather the support from the countries in Asia, Africa and Caribbean.
Courtesy: Asian Tribune.