David Cameron has defended his trip to Sri Lanka and accused Ed Miliband of lacking foreign affairs knowledge by saying the Labour leader "barely gets out of Islington."
The Prime Minister was delivering a statement to the House of Commons when he said: "In 2009, sometime after the war [in Sri Lanka] had happened, the last government agreed the conference should take place in 2013 in Sri Lanka.
"If he [Miliband] knows anything about foreign affairs, and I doubt it because he barely gets out of Islington, he'd know this is a consensus organisation - once something has been agreed it is very difficult to unblock it."
David Cameron gave the Sri Lankan President an ultimatum today - launch an independent inquiry into the country's alleged human rights abuses or he would take it to the United Nations.
However, the Prime Minister's comments were dismissed by Mahinda Rajapaksa who said Sri Lanka had "nothing to hide".
This week ITV News has been in Sri Lanka for the Summit of Commonwealth nations but today our team were denied direct access to question the president of the country.
From Colombo, ITV News International Editor Bill Neely reports:
David Cameron said he was "committed" to keeping up the pressure on Sri Lanka over his calls for a new "credible, transparent and independent" war crimes investigation by March.
Speaking in Dubai after meeting the Red Arrows at an airshow, the Prime Minister said: "These issues are not solved by one visit, this is not a flash in the pan, it's a dialogue, a conversation, pressure that we need to keep-up over the longer term and I'm committed to doing that."
"Don't listen to one side of the story," President Mahinda Rajapaksa told reporters at a press conference today, adding that he was ready to tell his "ministers and officials" to provide answers.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa told a news conference that Sri Lanka had nothing to hide and "will take our time and we will investigate into nearly 30 years of war."
He added: "If there are any allegations we are ready to inquire into it. We have nothing to hide. It's a free country. We need time to settle things."
Richard Uku, the Commonwealth Secretariat and Media Spokesman was filmed apparently pleading with the Sri Lankan's president's aides to allow journalists access to today's press conference.
Mr Uku could be heard saying: "You've accredited them, so why not let them talk to the the the president? The president can handle this, it's worse to not let them in having come all the way here."
ITV's Bill Neely is among the journalists who have been denied access to a press conference with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
It's the second time we have submitted names for a @presrajapaksa news conference & been rejected. No co-incidence.No free press,as promised
I've covered dozens of summits.Never been denied entry 2 final Conf of summit open to all International journos. A first for me & SriLanka
Sri Lanka's Minister of Economic Development and President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother, Basil Rajapaksa, has rejected David Cameron's calls for an international inquiry into war crimes.
"We are not going to allow, definitely we will object it," Basil Rajapaksa said.
The Sri Lankan government disputes the number given for civilian deaths and says that criticism of its record on human rights amounts to foreign interference in its affairs.
The Prime Minister tweeted a picture of himself batting against Sri Lankan bowling great Muttiah Muralitharan and admitted the cricketer 'went easy' on him during a visit to Colombo's National Cricket Academy this morning.
He went easy on me - but at least I can say Murali didn't get me out... http://t.co/L0nA8cwREV
David Cameron faced spin bowling great Muttiah Muralitharan on a visit to Colombo's National Cricket Academy.
The British Prime Minister discussed the former Sri Lanka cricketer's work bringing together youngsters from Tamil and other communities through the sport, as part of post-war reconciliation efforts.
While Muralitharan welcomed Cameron's visit, he later told reporters that the UK leader had been "misled" about the latest situation in the war-scarred north of the island.
"I see from my eyes there is improvement," the cricketer told reporters. "I can't say the Prime Minister is wrong or not. He's from England, he hasn't seen the site, he hasn't gone and visited these places - yesterday only."
Cameron said it was an "enormous pleasure" to meet the bowler - who took a record 800 Test wickets - and responded to Muralitharan's comments by saying his own stance on Sri Lanka was given a "fair reflection" of the need for improved human rights.
"I think he acknowledged that I was right to come and right to visit," Cameron said.
"Of course I was told all sorts of things yesterday in the north and there are very strong views in this country, strong differing views on some of the issues...in terms of progress, in terms of human rights, free speech, and I think it's important to raise these issues."