Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for South Asia Alistair Burt said his country will continue to urge the Tamil National Alliance and the Sri Lankan Government to make ‘serious progress’, towards a political settlement in the country.
Answering questions on UK’s policy towards Sri Lanka live via Twitter (5 Feb) Mr. Burt said, “Details of a political settlement must be for Sri Lankans themselves to work out, and the political settlement is fundamental.”
Alistair Burt said that the British government will support a United Nations resolution on Sri Lanka sponsored by the United States at the upcoming 22nd UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva later this month in response to a question from Amnesty International.
Commenting on the forthcoming Commonwealth Meeting scheduled to be held in Colombo, he said Britain is yet to decide on the level of attendance at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
He said “We look forward to Sri Lanka demonstrating those commonwealth values of good governance, rule of law and human rights and continue to press the government to do so,”
On implementation of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations, Mr. Burt welcomed the progress made, but said though the war ended in 2009, but the root of conflict as set out by LLRC still needs to be addressed.