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SL will not endorse British-led ‘Declaration of Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict’

The Sri Lankan government will not attend the high-profile summit on sexual violence in London, nor will it sign the “Declaration of Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict” as it could be used against the country, said External Affairs Minister GL Peiris, reported The Island.

Peiris said in response to an invitation to the conference by FCO Minister Hugo Swire that Sri Lanka is unable to participate or back the declaration due to “unequal treatment the country had received in the hands of a section of the international community”, the paper quoted sources.

A government official told The Island that it was “hugely unfair” that participation at the conference was subject to the participants endorsing the declaration to end sexual violence in conflict.

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