Sri Lanka finally succeeded in holding the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo. But the summit was dominated by a bitter dispute over alleged war crimes. Sri Lanka denies allegations that war crimes were committed by its military during the final stages of the conflict against the Tamil rebels in 2009. But the country was forced by international leaders, especially U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, to address the allegations by next March. " Let me be very clear; if an investigation is not completed by March, then I will use our position on the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council to work with the UN Human Rights Commission and call for an independent international inquiry," David Cameron said. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa brushed aside the warning. "Do not dictate to me. I am not ready to take orders from others, as we have a tradition and culture and a good legal system with a law enforcement process to address any issue," he said at a news conference.
While only 27 heads of government attended this year’s meeting, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the summit had helped strengthen the organization of mainly Englishspeaking former British colonies. In the final communiqué, countries agreed to push world bodies to adopt a Commonwealth report on new ways for small and vulnerable countries to access funds to fight climate change. It also suggested that small countries with high debts, including some in the Caribbean, use climate change funds that wealthier nations have already pledged for paying off of national debt. Smaller countries, in return, pledge to use their own funds to tackle rising sea levels and other climate concerns over a longer time frame.