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Sri Lanka

Volume 264: debated on Friday 20 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka on the present conflict in Sri Lanka. [37648]

I discussed the conflict in Sri Lanka with the British High Commissioner during my visit to Sri Lanka from 8 to 10 October.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the British high commissioner to Sri Lanka last visited Jaffna; and if he will make a statement on the report he made following his visit. [37649]

Since a trip which he made to the Government-held areas of Palaly and Karaitivu in 1992, the British high commissioner has been unable to visit Jaffna. But a member of the high commission visited from 6 to 8 March, with a group of diplomats from aid donor countries, to evaluate the requirements for relief and rehabilitation in the event of a peace settlement.