Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

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

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Photo of Andrew Love Andrew Love Labour, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian aid (a) workers and (b) supplies can reach the districts of Kilinochchi and Mulaitivu in northern Sri Lanka.

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

In addition to diplomatic representations, the Department for International Development (DFID) supports the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which has a permanent international and national staff presence in Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu. As I said in the House on 14 October 2008, Hansard , column 240-48WH, we are pressing for full humanitarian access to those areas.

We are also pressing for Sri Lankan and United Nations relief convoys to deliver aid in safety and will support UN and other aid agency partners to increase their aid operations as soon as possible, assisted by the further £2.5 million from DFID that I was pleased to announce on 14 October.

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