Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the UK Government is taking to ameliorate the humanitarian situation in the north of Sri Lanka.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

In addition to diplomatic engagement, the UK Government are providing funding for humanitarian aid. The Department for International Development (DFID) contributed £1.25 million in 2007-08 through the UN and the International Red Cross. Following the latest DFID humanitarian assessment mission to Sri Lanka 15-24 September, which visited the north, DFID has agreed a further £2.5 million humanitarian aid. We are in urgent discussion with the UN and the Red Cross about how to channel this aid as quickly as possible to assist the 200,000-250,000 internally displaced people caught up in the latest upsurge in the conflict.

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