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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered at on 11 November 2013.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he or the Prime Minister has received in favour of the Prime Minister attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

As the Westminster Hall Adjournment Debate on CHOGM on 6 November highlighted, our decision to attend was not taken lightly but it is the right thing to do both for the Commonwealth, and so we can press for progress in Sri Lanka on a variety of issues. This Government strongly supports the Commonwealth, and firmly believes it can continue to be a force for good around the world, promoting freedom, democracy and human rights. We also believe that shining a spotlight on Sri Lanka by attending CHOGM and being part of the debate will be of more use than staying away and not being able to influence that debate.

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