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Sri Lanka

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 28 June (WA 416-7) concerning the Tamil Tigers and the Government of Sri Lanka, what is meant by "the UK has recently reiterated our call for an independent, thorough and credible investigation".

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

My honourable friend Alistair Burt, Minister for South Asia, spoke with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister on 14 June. He repeated the call the UK has continued to make since the end of the military conflict: to urge the Sri Lankan Government to have an independent, thorough and credible investigation into allegations of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by both sides. Mr Burt also issued a statement on 15 June following the airing of a documentary shown on Channel 4 entitled "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" reaffirming this message.

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