SLMC Leader and Minister Rauff Hakeem, who has been at logger heads with the government over his controversial decision to make representations to UNHRC, shares a light moment with Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa at a conference held by the Organisation for World Peace at Hotel Galadari during the weekend. (Pic courtesy SLMC media)
Canada withholds C’wealth funding |
Colombo alleges Harper using funds as 'political tool'
A senior External Affairs Ministry (EAM) official yesterday accused the Canadian Government of using its voluntary funds as a political tool.
The EAM official was responding to controversial Canadian decision to suspend funding to the Commonwealth as long as Sri Lanka chaired the organization.
The Canadian media said that the Canadian government would fund other projects to the tune of USD 20 mn. "Canada remains deeply concerned about the absence of accountability for alleged serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian standards in Sri Lanka," the media quoted Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird as having said.