58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference:
Opportunity to show CPA, C’wealth values
The Commonwealth Parliament Association yesterday said that the 58th
Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference scheduled to be held in September
this year will give an opportunity to the world to demonstrate that the
values of CPA and the Commonwealth are well-preserved in this country.
According to chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee Sir Alan
Haselhurst, members of the CPA and Commonwealth are interested in what
is happening in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of a conflict. He said that
the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Sri Lanka will help
convince those beyond the Commonwealth that the values of CPA and the
Commonwealth organization are well-preserved.
Addressing a special press conference in Colombo Sir Alan Haselhurst
said that the CPA delegation led by him met a number of senior
government officials who are involved in the organising of the CPA
conference in Colombo.
He said that Sri Lanka has made all preparations for the upcoming
conference in Sri Lanka. Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said that
the government expects 600-1000 delegates representing 54 countries and
the 190 branches of CPA in the world. He said that this conference will
give an opportunity to the members of the Commonwealth and other
countries to see for themselves what is happening in Sri Lanka.
They can share their experience with Sri Lanka too. The Deputy
Speaker said that the government is prepared to take delegates to any
part of the country to show them what is happening in Sri Lanka in the
aftermath of war.