Colombo Telegraph

Canada’s Funding Threat Just A Political Statement: C’wealth Business Chief Says In Colombo

Canada’s threat of pulling funding from the Commonwealth were just statements politicians make for the benefit of others, the Commonwealth Business Forum Chief said in Colombo today.

“I can assure these things don’t happen,” Mohan Kaul told reporters during a joint press briefing with External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris at the Ministry of External Affairs today.

Mohan Kaul

He said the process of funding and budgeting for the Commonwealth summit in Colombo next month was already complete.

“All Governments have already approved budgets for the next five years and this was agreed by all countries including Canada at a meeting in London a few months ago,” Kaul said.

Of course if there was a threat that would affect the working of the Commonwealth he said.

“But I do not see a threat of that happening,” Kaul said.

In a statement announcing Canada’s boycott of CHOGM 2013 in Colombo over Sri Lanka’s rights record, Canadian Premier Stephen Harper said his Government would review its 12 Million Sterling Pounds a year financial backing to the Commonwealth and the Secretariat run by Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma.

Canada is the Commonwealth’s second biggest funder after the UK.

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