Sri Lanka

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 3:52 pm on 2nd May 2007.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Labour, Ealing North 3:52 pm, 2nd May 2007

I understand where the hon. Gentleman is going with his argument, but the remarks of my right hon. Friend Mr. Murphy about keeping communication channels open reminded me that Conservative Home Secretaries met representatives of the Provisional IRA, even when that organisation was banned. Does he agree that face-to-face contact and open lines of communication are more important than headlines about banning organisations?