Sri Lanka

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 19th December 2013.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Prime Minister's statement at CHOGM in Colombo in November 2013 that, if the Government of Sri Lanka does not complete investigations into alleged war crimes in that country by March 2014, he plans to call for an independent international inquiry, what estimate he has made of how quickly after March such an inquiry would (a) commence and (b) conclude.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

During his meeting with President Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister called for the Sri Lankan Government to hold a credible, independent, and transparent investigation into allegations of war crimes. If such a process has not begun properly by March 2014, we will use our place on the UN Human Rights Council to call for an international investigation. It remains too early to make a judgment on the precise details and timings of any international investigation.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.