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Sri Lanka

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) financial and (b) technical assistance the Government plans to provide to Sri Lanka for de-mining the former conflict zones in the north of the country; and if he will make a statement. (281975)

The Department for International Development (DFID) recently committed an additional £5 million of humanitarian funding for continuing life-saving response activities as well as early recovery work. Our early recovery work will include de-mining and we stand by ready to support funds for humanitarian de-mining agencies with strong capacity in country such as the Mines Action Group (MAG). DFID is providing no financial or technical support for humanitarian de-mining activities directly to the Government of Sri Lanka.