HC Deb 04 March 1991 vol 187 cc35-6W
Sir David Steel

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if Her Majesty's Government will urge the Sri Lankan Government to establish an immediate ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers and use the good offices of the Australian Prime Minister or those of the Commonwealth to mediate in the conflict between the two sides.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Before urging the Sri Lankan Government to arrange a further ceasefire with the LTTE, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, with or without international mediation, Her Majesty's Government would need to be convinced that conditions existed for meaningful negotiations to take place thereafter based on recognition of the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and of the need to satisfy the legitimate aspirations of all its citizens through preservation of its multi-ethnic and multi-lingual character.

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