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Sri Lanka

Defence written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he promoted British foreign policy objectives during his recent visit to Sri Lanka.

Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox The Secretary of State for Defence

The United Kingdom wants to see lasting peace and security in Sri Lanka. It remains our view that for sustainable peace and economic growth Sri Lanka requires political reconciliation between all communities; accountability for human rights allegations; and the respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law. I was able to build on recent engagements, including the visit in February of the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend Alistair Burt.

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