Ansari in Perth for CHOGM summit
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 13:19
  
Perth: Vice-President Hamid Ansari arrived here today to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting where India is set to oppose setting up of a human rights monitor and reject any move to reconsider Sri Lanka as a venue of the next summit.

Ansari, who is standing in for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the summit, is expected to underline that the grouping stay focussed on development challenges faced by member nations and strengthen existing institutions.

Ansari and his wife Salma were received at the airport here by Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Brenden Grills, the Regional Development Minister of Western Australia.

India has made it clear at official level meetings that one of the recommendations of the 11-member Eminent Persons Group on setting up of a rights monitor amounted to duplication of what the UN has been doing through its rapporteurs.

On demands by a section of members to reconsider Sri Lanka as the host of the next CHOGM summit, Ansari a decision to hold the next CHOGM in Sri Lanka was already taken in 2009.

"Well, as far as we are concerned, the decision to have the next CHOGM in 2013 was taken at the meeting in Port of Spain.

That is a decision and that is the end of the matter," Ansari told reporters accompanying him to Perth.

The demands for change in venue of the next summit in Sri Lanka has been raised by an influential section of members who have questioned the island nation's record on alleged war crimes during its fight against LTTE.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 13:19


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