Obhrai in Jaffna ahead of CHOGM

canada    Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights Deepak Obhrai undertook a fact-finding mission to Jaffna today.

Obhrai, who is in Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth summit, met the Chief Minister of the North C.V. Wigneswaran and Jaffna bishop Thomas Saundaranayagam.

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He also visited the Uthayan newspaper office and discussed issues faced by the media in the North. He later said that he was concerned over what he heard during the visit to the newspaper office.

Obhrai also placed a wreath at Elephant Pass in memory of those killed during the war.

Obhrai is representing the Canadian government at the summit after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pulled out in protest over the Sri Lankan government’s failure to meet the expectations of the international community on human rights issues.

He said that on his return to Canada he will brief the Canadian government on what he feels is the situation in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

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