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We have real concerns in Sri Lanka - UK FCO Minister Hugo Swire

Writing in Conservative Home on the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister, Hugo Swire, said the UK had "real concerns" about Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth Chair.

Stressing the importance of upholding Commonwealth values, Mr. Swire wrote,

"Let us take values first. The Commonwealth Charter, agreed in 2012, is historic: the first ever declaration of our common values in a single document. But, frankly, implementation is patchy. We have real concerns in Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth’s Chair in Office, where there has been very little progress in investigating the terrible atrocities in the civil war that ended five years ago. The Prime Minister has shown great leadership in securing an international inquiry into this through the UN Human Rights Council."

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