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Sri Lanka

Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan Government about the security forces preventing food and medical supplies from reaching people living in certain areas; and if he will make a statement.

We have frequently urged the Sri Lankan Government to take all necessary steps to ensure the well-being of all its citizens. Although we have heard of instances of goods being held up at military check points, we believe the Sri Lankan Government are now making serious efforts, in co-operation with relief agencies, to maintain the supply of food and medicines to people affected by fighting. Recently the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have created difficulties for food shipments into areas they control.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a senior member of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka last visited Jaffna; and what report was made, and to whom, following the visit.

The British High Commissioner in Colombo visited Jaffna from 23 to 26 May 1990 and reported on 28 May to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Such visits have not been practicable since 11 June 1990, when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam renewed fighting against the Sri Lankan Government.