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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 11th November 2008.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Europe) 2:30 pm, 11th November 2008

I thank my hon. Friend for that question. I know that she takes this matter very seriously and that she has constituents who have great concerns about the situation in Sri Lanka. The European Commissioner for External Relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, have expressed concern about the situation in Sri Lanka. Both have appealed to the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to ensure human rights and security, in line with international humanitarian law. They are also looking at whether the funding from the EU has been accompanied by the commitment to human rights that is expected when such funding is received. I shall be happy to write to her with a further update on the matter.

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Arumugam Vivehananthan
Posted on 12 Nov 2008 1:34 pm (Report this annotation)

Thank you for your concern about the on going war situation in Sri Lanka.My main concern is about the people who are trapped between the fireing parties.
Who decide the fate of the people if the army managed
to advance in to the tiger controled area? Does humanitarian agencies in Sri Lanka have any plan to safeguard those
people who have nothing to do with the war and specially old and the children.