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Sri Lanka: Peace Negotiations

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the (a) Sri Lankan Government and (b) Norwegian Government on the status of the ceasefire agreement in Sri Lanka. (179485)

On 4 January, my noble Friend the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown, issued a statement on the abrogation of the 2002 Cease-Fire Agreement by the Sri Lankan Government. We continue to reiterate to the Sri Lankan Government their responsibility for addressing Tamil grievances and for setting out a viable framework for a just political solution. My noble Friend also paid tribute to the unstinting work of the Norwegians, whom we continue to consult given their wide experience over five years as facilitators of the peace process.

The full text of my noble Friend's statement is available on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029391629&a=KArticle&aid=1199197354598%20&year=2008&month=2008-01-01&date=2008-01-04.