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Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

Volume 471: debated on Monday 28 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his officials last met members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; and if he will make a statement. (181237)

In November 2006, Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials travelled with my right hon. Friend the Member for Torfaen (Mr. Murphy) to meet the then political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

In addition, officials regularly meet community groups, who reflect a variety of views, some supportive of the LTTE’s political position. During a debate in the House on Sri Lanka on 17 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1183-1188, I stressed the importance that we attach to listening to views from across the communities and called on the Sri Lankan diaspora to play a constructive role in bringing peace.