Canada issued a scathing statement outlining his boycott of CHOGM in Sri Lanka and threatened to cut its funding for the Commonwealth today while new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot vowed to attend the summit in Colombo despite concerns over the Government’s human rights record.
The Australian Prime Minister Abbott said Premier Harper’s decision was a matter for him.
“But certainly I intend to attend CHOGM and will do my best to make a constructive contribution to the deliberations there,” he told reporters.
The prime minister said the Commonwealth is an important forum and amongst Australia’s oldest international associations.
“You do not make new friends by rubbishing your old friends or abandoning your old friends,” he said.