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Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the progress of transitional justice in Sri Lanka since 2009.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK has consistently called for an independent, thorough and credible investigation into allegations of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by both sides in the military conflict.

The Sri Lankan Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) presented their report to the Sri Lankan President on 20 November. We look forward to the Sri Lankan Government publishing the report in full and setting out the steps they will take in response.

We believe that an inclusive political solution that addresses the underlying causes of the conflict is the best way to achieve lasting and equitable peace in Sri Lanka.

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