House of Lords written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government which British war grave cemeteries were damaged in Libya in June; what damage was done; what representations they have made to the Government of Libya about the desecrations; and what is their assessment of the involvement of terrorist groups in the damage.

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

Further damage occurred in the Benghazi War Cemetery on the evening of 11 June. The temporary markers installed after the earlier vandalism in February and one further stone headstone were broken. The UK strongly condemns this further act of vandalism. It is not known who carried out the attack. We have made clear to the Libyan Government the importance of securing the site and preventing damage.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is working to install permanent replacement for the headstones damaged in February. The Libyan authorities have agreed to pay for the cost of this restoration work and are now in contact with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to take this forward. Maintenance staff will continue to visit the cemetery.

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