Sri Lanka

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 20th October 2006.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Labour, West Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission since the expulsion of monitors from EU member states by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We fully support the efforts of the Norwegian Government as facilitators of the peace process, and in particular their efforts over recent months to ensure the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission's (SLMM) continued to operate. We remain in close contact with the Norwegians.

Even following the withdrawal of individuals who happened to be citizens of EU states the SLMM, with reduced numbers of personnel from Norway and Iceland, remains a vital part of the peace process. The SLMM works fairly effectively out of a headquarters in Colombo, six district offices and a liaison office in Killinochchi, and through mobile units operating in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

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