Boycotting the Commonwealth summit will not achieve post war reconciliation and accountability and the right thing for the British government to do is to engage, the country’s Prime Minister David Cameron said in an op-ed.
“Four years after the conflict no one has been held to account for grave allegations of war crimes and sexual violence, journalists are routinely intimidated and thousands of people have yet to find out what has happened to their missing relatives”, Cameron wrote in Tamil Guardian today.
Cameron said the right thing to do is to engage. “To visit the country. To shine the international spotlight on the lack of progress in the country. And to have frank conversations with the Sri Lankan government about what they must do to address the concerns of the international community and to improve the daily life of thousands of Tamils and civilians across all communities” he wrote.
Cameron said he will visit the north of the country – the first leader to do so since Sri Lankan independence in 1948. “It is precisely so that I can see the situation on the ground with my own eyes and meet people directly affected by the conflict,” he said.