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C'wealth offers to help in SL's reconciliation efforts

The Commonwealth has offered its good offices to help the Sri Lankan government in the reconciliation process in the country following the end of a three-decade ethnic conflict in May 2009.

"Commonwealth has offered its assistance to Sri Lanka to bring about a reconciliation between the Tamils and the Government, " PTI reported quoting Amitav Banerji, Director, Political at the Commonwealth.

He said the Sri Lanka''s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) is expected to submit its report next month and it might be presented to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth.

Asked whether the issue of Sri Lanka hosting the 2013 CHOGM would be reviewed, Banerji said "the decision that Sri Lanka would host 2013 CHOGM was taken at the 2009 CHOGM" and that issue was not on the agenda at the Perth meeting next month.

Steve Cutts, the Commonwealth Assistant Secretary- General, said several issues including reform of the Commonwealth, democracy and human rights and the impact of the current global economic crisis on development would be on the agenda.

Banerji said the official level meeting would be held on October 24 and 25 and the Ministerial level meeting on October 26 and 27 before the CHOGM on October 28 and 29.