Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander MP, on the Commonwealth and President Rajapaksa

Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander MPQuestion by Shadow Foreign Secretary, Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander MP, on the Commonwealth and President Rajapaksa

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Commonwealth

Mr Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will convene a special session of Commonwealth representatives to discuss the suitability of President Rajapaksa as Chairperson in Office. [197767]

Mr Hague: Any decision on the Chair-in-Office role is for all Commonwealth Heads of Government to take by consensus, and we have no plans to convene a session on this. On 27 March 2014, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution which establishes an international investigation, and calls on the Sri Lankan Government to make progress on human rights and reconciliation. We encourage the Sri Lankan Government to co-operate with the resolution and the investigation, which is led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.