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Sri Lanka: EU Action

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the Prime Minister’s discussion with his EU counterparts on proposals to call for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. (250063)

I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 739W. In a statement of 23 February 2009, EU Foreign Ministers called for an immediate ceasefire. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary issued a joint statement with the US Secretary of State on 3 February 2009, calling for a temporary no-fire period. Copies of both statements will be placed in the Library of the House.

The UK remains committed to working with the Government of Sri Lanka and international partners to secure a lasting solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka.