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House of Commons told that conditions in Sri Lanka have improved

Sep 15, 2010 7:48:23 AM - itnnews.lk

British Minister Alistair Burt has said that conditions have improved and changed in Sri Lanka. He said there is no doubt that conditions have changed in Sri Lanka. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs was addressing British Parliament yesterday.

He made these comments when Parliament was open for ‘Oral Answers to Questions’ session on matters related to Foreign & Commonwealth Ministry. During the debate, Sri Lanka issues were discussed under two separate topics. Inquiries were made about the recent discussions British Foreign Minister has had with the Sri Lankan counterpart on access to detainees by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Minister Burt replied that he had spoken to the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka about a variety of issues, including human rights, access to former combatants and hoped to continue the dialogue with the Foreign Minister in the future.

He further stated that it is pleasing to hear that the International Organisation for Migration does have access to those camps and negotiations continue for giving access to the Red Cross too. With regard to the IDP’s he said that there are only 25000 internally displaced in camps and that the British government was maintaining regular dialogues with NGOs and UNHCR, about their condition. He further said that the UK Government had spent £13.5 million to support internally displaced persons.