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Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of recent conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and terrorists in the Batticaloa district; and what estimate she has made of the number of internally displaced persons who have been affected by the conflict. (127506)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the written answer that I gave to him on 13 March 2007, Official Report, columns 246-247W.

We understand that hostilities between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Batticaloa have resulted in the displacement of over 100,000 people. This number is likely to rise. The Department for International Development is considering a UN request for donor contributions to the Common Humanitarian Action Plan for Sri Lanka.