British Government recognises GOSL democratic right to fight terrorism

"British Government recognises the Government of Sri Lanka’s democratic right to fight terrorism" The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hon Bill Rammell said at the adjournment debate on ‘Sri Lanka’ initiated by Andrew Pelling MP (Ind) for Croydon Central on 18th December at the House Of Commons, British Parliamnet, London.


Mr. Deputy Speaker , Sir Michael Lord chaired the adjournment debate and the following MPs also commented.


Mr. Andrew Love for Edmonton (Labour), Mr. Andrew Dismore For Hendon (Labour), Mr Jeremy Corbyn for Islington, North (Labour, ) Mr. Lee Scott for Ilford, North (Conservative, Mr. Paul Burstow for Sutton and Cheam (Liberal Democrat) John McDonnell for Hayes and Harlington (Labour), Susan Kramer for Richmond Park (Liberal Democrat), Simon Hughes for North Southwark and Bermondsey (Liberal Democrat)


British Parliament 18 Dec 2008

Adjournment Debate: Sri Lanka (Hansard Report)

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Ian Lucas.)

6.1 pm

Mr. Andrew Pelling (Croydon, Central) (Ind): Mr. Deputy Speaker, I am grateful to you for selecting this subject—a matter of great import—for debate. It is the first debate of the Session on the important issues facing Sri Lanka. I am also grateful to the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the hon. Member for Harlow (Bill Rammell), for attending today, at the end of this parliamentary term. Our last debate on the subject was in Westminster Hall, where the right hon. Member for Enfield, North (Joan Ryan) spoke about the issues of concern.


I am grateful to the very large number of Members who are present this evening. It is not normal for the House to be so full at this time, it being so close to Christmas. I am also grateful to the 32 Members who signed early-day motion 58 on this important subject. I know that there are Members who wished to be here but have clashes, particularly the hon. Members for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) and for Orpington (Mr. Horam). I regard myself as being here to facilitate matters for all those who wish to be involved in the debate; I shall be happy to give way to Members liberally.

Many of us have attended protests on the outside, in Parliament square. Some of us spoke to some of the 25,000 people who attended the Remembrance day event at ExCeL. It is important that we recognise the difficult task that Her Majesty’s Government have in trying to promote peace and harmony on the troubled isle of Sri Lanka, but we urge the Government to redouble their efforts to ensure that good work is done there.

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