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Sri Lanka: Storms

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his UN Security Council counterparts on a full UN needs assessment of the Vanni area in Sri Lanka following Cyclone Nisha in November 2008; and if he will make a statement. (253349)

The UK supports a full independent needs assessment mission to northern Sri Lanka. We are pressing the Sri Lankan Government at the highest level to allow this. We also regularly discuss the situation in Sri Lanka with other members of the UN Security Council.