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UK Concerns On Lanka Consistent

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Sunday, 6 November 2011 13:17 No Comment]

Britain says its concerns on Sri Lanka remain consistent and the Sri Lankan government has been asked to improve the human rights situation for vulnerable groups.

The British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Alistair Burt told the British parliament last week that Sri Lanka has also been asked to investigate incidents of human rights abuses and to prosecute those responsible.

According to the Hansard of last week’s sittings at the British parliament, Burt said that the export of military, security and police equipment to Sri Lanka was not discussed during his visit to the country earlier this year.

He said this in response to a question raised by a British parliamentarian regarding Burt’s meetings with Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris in February this year.

Burt said that Britain’s concerns over the human rights situation in Sri Lanka are detailed in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights and Democracy Report 2010 where Sri Lanka is listed as a country of concern.

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