§ Sir Geoffrey Howe
It is the convention, of course, that the Commonwealth does not discuss the internal problems of member states without the consent of the country concerned. We have none the less kept in close touch with the Government of Sri Lanka both before and after the visit there of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in April. We particularly welcome the recent discussions between the Governments of Sri Lanka and of India, with whom we have also maintained contact, and the announcement of a cease-fire in Sri Lanka on 18 June.404W
§ 28. Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next intends to seek to visit Sri Lanka.
§ Mr. Renton
Between May 1984 and May 1985 the high commission in Colombo received a total of 201 entry clearance applications for settlement in the United Kingdom. It is not possible to provide a breakdown of those from Tamils as, until 30 May 1985, applications were recorded on a basis of nationality only.