HL Deb 14 December 1999 vol 608 cc29-30WA
Lord Judd

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What action they are taking to encourage and support an increased UNHCR presence in Colombia to respond to the accentuated crisis of displaced people. [HL228]

Baroness Amos

We are concerned by the plight of displaced people in Colombia, and have provided assistance through a number of organisations, including Oxfam, SCF, ICRC and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR). We have not taken any specific steps to encourage UNHCR to increase its presence in Colombia, though we strongly support its mandate to protect refugees, and endorse its efforts to assist internally displaced persons in countries where it has a proven comparative advantage and an international mandate to do so.