1. Wide of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma arriving for news conference
2. Wide of news conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan President:
"We have a legal system in Sri Lanka, we appointed the LLRC Commission. We have a legal system, we have human right(s) commission. We have now the Commonwealth (inaudible) is ready to strengthen it and if anyone who wants to complain about a human rights violation in Sri Lanka, whether it is torture, whether it is rape, whether it is� we have a system. You all must respect the system of a country� the culture of a country."
4. Cutaway of media
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan President:
"People are (were) getting killed for thirty years. At least after 2009 we have stop(ped) it. We have stop(ped) it now. There is no killing at the moment."
"Since you mention Commonwealth particularly, and you put it so strongly, whether it is making a mockery or it is not making a mockery (of the Commonwealth hosting the summit in Colombo), it is showing the Commonwealth in action."
8. Wide of news conference
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan President:
"I will shake hand(s) and will say 'Ayubowan' (Sinhalese for 'Long Life') to the Prince Charles. So that's the way that a Sri Lankan will greet anybody, whether it is a King or Queen, or a beggar even."
10. Wide of journalists
11. Tracking shot of British Foreign Secretary William Hague arriving for Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meeting
12. Tracking shot of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop arriving
13. Tracking shot of Indian Foreign Minster Salman Khurshid arriving
14. Close-up of sign reading (English) "CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) 2013, Sri Lanka"
15. Tracking shot of Arvin Boolell, Foreign Minister of Mauritius, arriving
Sri Lanka's president has hit out at critics who question his nation's human rights record, saying its institutions were dealing with complaints of abuses committed during or after its bloody 27-year civil war.
Speaking to reporters covering a Commonwealth conference in Colombo, Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the country has a legal system and it should be respected.
"If anyone who wants to complain about human rights violations in Sri Lanka, whether its torture, whether it is rape... we have a system," he said.
"You all must respect the system of a country� the culture of a country."
As the Friday opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) approaches, global focus remains trained on Sri Lanka's civil war and alleged atrocities committed by both rebels and soldiers who, despite a sustained international outcry, have been spared from investigations and prosecutions since the war ended in 2009.
Sri Lanka, seeing the summit as a coming-out party after a long and costly civil war with the Tamil Tiger rebels, has tried to sidestep the controversy while busily building roads, expanding its harbour, polishing monuments and gutting deprived areas.
The leaders of Canada and India are boycotting the summit.
Others have had to justify their plans to attend by promising to bring Sri Lanka's government to task.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma defended holding the summit in Colombo, saying Thursday it shows "the Commonwealth in action" by allowing Sri Lanka to meet with leaders who have dealt with issues of human rights, rule of law and judicial independence in their countries.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who is 87, is not going to the summit, but her son, Prince Charles, is presiding over the meeting.
"I will shake hand(s) and will say 'Ayubowan' (Sinhalese for 'Long Life') to the Prince Charles. So that's the way that a Sri Lankan will greet anybody, whether its a King or Queen, or a beggar even," said Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka's leaders accuse journalists of fabricating allegations of atrocities, and stand staunchly by a clan-like government that has alarmed many democracies in the West.
A UN report in August suggested Sri Lanka's Sinhalese-dominated armed forces may have killed up to 40,000 minority Tamils, while the rebels killed civilians, used them as human shields and forcibly recruited child soldiers.
But Sri Lanka has remained defiant, snubbing the report by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, who said she saw no effort by the country to properly investigate despite repeated demands by the UN Human Rights Council.