Sri Lanka

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson for the Home Office

To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received about access to the internally displaced persons camps in northern Sri Lanka by international humanitarian agencies.

Photo of Lord Brett Lord Brett Government Whip, Government Whip

The latest assessment from our humanitarian adviser in Colombo is that international humanitarian agencies, including the United Nations (UN), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and NGOs, continue to have improved access to the sites in Vavuniya. There is significant military presence in many of the zones, with cordon and search activities, and highly controlled movement between the sites. We continue to press the Government of Sri Lanka for full and unrestricted access for the UN, the ICRC and NGOs to enable them to provide humanitarian assistance to all internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka.

I refer the noble Lord to the Written Ministerial Statement made on 14 July (Hansard; col. WS 75). This sets out our current position on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka.

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