Threat to gay ban countries

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BRITAIN has threatened countries which ban homosexuality with losing aid payments unless they reform, David Cameron said.

He conceded that “deep prejudices” against gays in some countries meant the problem would persist for years.

The Prime Minister said he had raised the issue with leaders of some of the states involved when he attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia over the last two days.

Britain was “putting the pressure on” he said over an issue that was one of the stumbling blocks of a summit beset by failure to make significant progress on human rights protections.

It was not a problem that would be solved, however, by the next time Commonwealth leaders are due to meet in Sri Lanka in 2013.