HC Deb 25 March 2003 vol 402 c122W
22. Mr. Gareth Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to meet Sri La nkan Ministers involved in the peace process in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement. [104481]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

I met two Ministers who lead the Sri Lankan Government's negotiating team (Prof. G. L. Peiris and Milinda Moragoda) during my visit to Colombo in January and plan to meet Prof. Peiris again on 27 March. We continue to maintain regular contact with key players in the peace process. We also provide practical help, including drawing on our Northern Ireland experience, on security sector transformation and devolution, and have funded the appointment of a human rights adviser to the negotiating teams.