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Sri Lanka hits at Canada boycott

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka on Thursday criticized the Canadian prime minister’s decision to boycott a Commonwealth summit next month over the island nation’s human rights record.

Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said Prime Minister Stephen Harper is ‘‘in a lone battle’’ and had failed to persuade other Commonwealth members to boycott the summit, hosted by Sri Lanka.

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Harper has accused Sri Lanka of failing to uphold the Commonwealth’s core values. He said Monday that Canada is disturbed by ongoing reports of intimidation and incarceration of political leaders, harassment of minorities, and reported disappearances.

Canada is the largest home of expatriate Tamils, an ethnic minority in Sri Lanka who complain of discrimination in their native country.

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