Lankan issue separates UK House of Lords

Lankan issue separates UK House of Lords

Written by Staff Writer

27 Feb, 2014 | 10:23 pm

The Conservative Party raised a question as to why the UK Government is already working to influence the United Nations Human Rights Council to call for international inquiry on Sri Lanka, while the prime minister David Cameron had said that he would allow Sri Lanka until March to begin credible investigations into alleged human rights violations.

The question was raised by Conservative Party Lord Naseby during his contribution at question time at the House of Lords yesterday.

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock of Labour Party said:

“I welcome what the Minister has said about the appalling human rights record in Sri Lanka. Is it not therefore rather strange that the President of Sri Lanka has been invited to participate in the ceremony in Glasgow Cathedral at the end of the Commonwealth Games to commemorate the start of the First World War? Would it not be wise to reconsider this invitation, as many organisations in Scotland are already asking?”

Baroness Warsi, of the aConservative Party replied:

“I acknowledge that there has been some progress in relation to demining and resettlement, and that there has been some economic progress. I do not feel that completely disengaging from the Government is the right way in which to move them forward. I was not aware of that particular invitation but, at this stage, constructive engagement is the right way forward.”




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