1) WILL DAVE GET BLOOD ON HIS HANDS?
The Times reports:
“David Cameron is scheduled to shake hands with the President of Sri Lanka today as the Commonwealth summit begins amid an international outcry over allegations of war crimes. The Prime Minister landed in Colombo last night for the biennial event after promising to draw attention to ‘appalling’ and ‘chilling’ atrocities committed during the civil war that ended in 2009.”
Despite Mr Cameron’s strong words, Downing Street sources said that he planned formally to greet President RaJapaksa in a moment that is likely to prove deeply uncomfortable. He is also expected to pose for a “family photo” that will have the Sri Lankan leader at its centre. ‘We are here to highlight abuses,’ a source said. ‘We are not here to humiliate him.'”
The i newspaper splashes with: ‘Don’t mention the war crimes”.
Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that Dave has taken time out to attack “Labour’s ‘rank hypocrisy’ in calling for him to boycott the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka as he claimed his visit to the country’s war-torn north will help give a voice to the dispossessed”.
The paper quotes the PM as saying:
“I think there is rank hypocrisy really from Labour to call for non-attendance at a Commonwealth heads of government meeting that they helped fix when they were in government.
“So I think it is absolutely extraordinary behaviour – in 2009 they effectively agreed the meeting should be held in Sri Lanka and they’re just playing politics and it’s completely cynical.”
In an interview with the BBC, Cameron added: “The choice I have is a binary one: to go to that conference or to leave that conference and to leave an empty chair… If your argument is that the Commonwealth is imperfect, then yes, of course it is.”