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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Responsibilities (10 October 2011)

Liam Fox: ...media coverage and the interim report this morning by the permanent secretary. I would like to discuss the meeting in Dubai in June 2011, my relationship with Mr Werritty and my involvement in Sri Lanka. If I may, Mr Speaker, I will take these in turn. As I said yesterday, I accept that it was a mistake to allow distinctions to be blurred between my professional responsibilities and my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Responsibilities (10 October 2011)

Liam Fox: ...Defence over 16 months, either in my office or in the refreshment facilities, on 22 occasions. The majority of these were short social meetings. In only four instances were others present. Three related to Sri Lanka and one was with Matthew Gould, known socially to both of us. It was also during one of these meetings in June that I first learned about, and told him to stop, using his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Responsibilities (10 October 2011)

Liam Fox: I am grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend for that. A great deal of work is still to be done in Sri Lanka, and I am very pleased that I was able, eventually, to make an official visit as Secretary of State. I hope that the United Kingdom, with all its historical links to the country, will be able to use the levers at our disposal to try to bring peace to a region where, sadly, too...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Responsibilities (10 October 2011)

Liam Fox: ...be surprising if anyone did not want that peace to occur, but we have to accept that there are forces in that country, and even more in the diaspora, who do not want anyone to deal with the current Sri Lankan Government. My point is this: however much people may regret what the current Government have done or dislike them, unless we deal with that Government and get proper reconciliation,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Responsibilities (10 October 2011)

Liam Fox: ...any case. Many of the occasions would have been on the margins and would not have been political meetings. Of a very small number of the meetings I have had, which I set out today, three were about Sri Lanka, where I included him because of the experience we had in opposition, and one was with a member of the diplomatic staff who we happened both to know personally. I know that the right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Security Relationships (South Asia) (10 October 2011)

Liam Fox: ...so many Members with a new interest in defence. In 1996, when I was a Minister in the Foreign Office, I worked on what became known as the Fox agreement, which was part of the early peace talks in Sri Lanka. In recent years I have been attempting to work again for reconciliation in that country, and to encourage investment in it. As I said when I spoke there recently, there will be no...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Security Relationships (South Asia) (10 October 2011)

Liam Fox: As I have said, the point of involvement in Sri Lanka is to create greater stability which will contribute to stability in the region. I was particularly keen to see a mechanism for investment that could reduce some of the regulatory restrictions imposed by the Sri Lankan Government, on the basis that a proportion of the profits would go into social projects that would benefit ethnic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Security Relationships (South Asia) (10 October 2011)

Liam Fox: ...a lecture on behalf of my friend Mrs Kadirgamar—widow of the late Lakshman Kadirgamar, who was a Tamil Foreign Minister—in which I set out what I thought was a vision that should cut across Sri Lankan politics. I believe there is a widespread view in the House that Sri Lanka needs reconciliation and an understanding of what happened at the end of the war, and that there must be...

Written Answers — Defence: Sri Lanka (11 August 2011)

Liam Fox: ...at no additional cost; the cost to the public purse of the three accompanying staff was 5,858.23 per person for international flights, which included an official visit to India en route to Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — Defence: Sri Lanka (20 July 2011)

Liam Fox: holding answer 18 July 2011 The Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office closely cooperate on international policy development and engagement. Given our close interest in Sri Lanka, I and the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt) consulted well in advance of my departure.

Written Answers — Defence: Sri Lanka (20 July 2011)

Liam Fox: The United Kingdom wants to see lasting peace and security in Sri Lanka. It remains our view that for sustainable peace and economic growth Sri Lanka requires political reconciliation between all communities; accountability for human rights allegations; and the respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law. I was able to build on recent engagements, including the visit in February...

Written Answers — Defence: Sri Lanka (19 July 2011)

Liam Fox: holding answer 18 July 2011 I made an official visit to Sri Lanka between 8- 10 July 2011 and met with the President, the Foreign Minister, and the Minister for Economic Development; other Government of Sri Lanka Ministers and officials were present during these meetings. I also met with the Tamil National Alliance and the leader of the United National Party. Members of civil society and the...

Written Answers — Defence: Departmental Visits Abroad (23 June 2011)

Liam Fox: ...160; 4-7 Singapore and Abu Dhabi Bilateral meetings Defence Diplomacy Representatives from Australia, the People's Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka IISS Shangri-La Security Conference Conference Speaker HMA, DA, PS, SA 10-11 Brussels, Belgium...

Written Answers — Defence: Sri Lanka (21 December 2010)

Liam Fox: I take every opportunity to raise concerns about human rights issues with the Government of Sri Lanka and will continue to do so.

Written Answers — Defence: Sri Lanka (21 December 2010)

Liam Fox: I have postponed my private visit to Sri Lanka due to an extended scheduled official visit to the Gulf. I intend to carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka in the course of next year. At the time the visit was postponed, I had not yet prepared my speech.

Written Answers — Defence: Sri Lanka (21 December 2010)

Liam Fox: I have not yet made a visit to Sri Lanka since taking up office, but intend to carry out an official visit in the course of next year.

Written Answers — Defence: Sri Lanka (20 December 2010)

Liam Fox: I have postponed my private visit to Sri Lanka due to an extended scheduled official visit to the Gulf. I intend to carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka in the course of next year.

Written Answers — Defence: Sri Lanka (20 December 2010)

Liam Fox: This was to be a private visit, and privately funded. However I have postponed it due to an extended scheduled official visit to the Gulf. I intend to carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka in the course of next year.

Debate on the Address: Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Defence (23 November 2009) has video

Liam Fox: ...towards EU membership, because instability in the Balkans has historically been hugely detrimental to this country's security. The hon. Member for Ilford, South (Mike Gapes) talked about Sri Lanka. He knows of my long involvement in Sri Lanka. Twelve years ago I negotiated an early part of the peace negotiations there. Victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is something that we...

Written Answers — Defence: Military Attaches (7 July 2008)

Liam Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated savings to his Department are from (a) closing the defence sections in (i) Barbados, (ii) Bulgaria, (iii) Finland, (iv) Portugal and (v) Sri Lanka and (b) reducing the size of the defence section in India.

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