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Commonwealth must not be 'judgmental': Sri Lanka leader


Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse said Friday the Commonwealth must not be a "judgmental body" as he chaired a summit which has been dogged by a dispute over alleged war crimes.

"If the Commonwealth is to remain relevant to its member countries, the association must respond to the needs of its people and not turn into a punitive or judgmental body," he said in a speech ahead of the formal opening of the summit by Britain's Prince Charles.