Sri Lanka

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 2nd May 2007.

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Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office 4:15 pm, 2nd May 2007

We are not taken in by anybody's spin or attempt to subvert what we hope will be the even-handed treatment of all the members of the Sri Lankan diaspora in this country, whether they are Sinhalese, Muslim or Tamil. We are very well aware that all sides are pretty adept at using propaganda to further their own ends. We were not born yesterday, and we did not come in on a pineapple boat from Sri Lanka. We know exactly what is going on and we are watching it very carefully. We will make sure that we are even-handed and that everyone receives fair treatment.