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Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government is giving to the government of Sri Lanka to implement political and constitutional reforms. (291526)

We regularly discuss with the Sri Lankan Government the need for an inclusive political solution to address the underlying causes of the recent conflict. It is ultimately for the Sri Lankan people to decide what a solution must look like, but we believe it would need to be based on equality, consent and rule of law. The All Party Representative Committee (APRC) was set up by the Sri Lankan President to build consensus on political reforms. In 2008, we funded a visit by APRC members to England, Wales and Northern Ireland to share our experiences of devolution, and peace building in Northern Ireland. We encourage the Government of Sri Lanka to reach a satisfactory conclusion of the APRC process as soon as possible.