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Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council (29 October 2014)

David Lidington: ...of the border, and local elections in separatist-controlled areas. Other business Ministers agreed without discussion a number of other measures: The Council adopted conclusions on Bosnia and Herzegovina; Yemen; Afghanistan; Sudan and Somalia. The Council approved the 17th progress report on the implementation of the EU strategy to combat illicit accumulation and trafficking of small arms...

Isil: Topical Questions (28 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Hugh Bayley: I have just returned from Mali, which continues to face real security threats for al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The military commander of MINUSMA says that just 30 bilingual English-French speaking staff officers would make a huge difference to the Malian army’s response to these threats, and the EU training mission says that it needs to continue beyond May of next year. What...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (23 October 2014)

William Hague: We have now started the work on delivering commitments from the June global summit to end sexual violence in conflict. Members of the UK team of experts have been deployed to Mali and to the Syrian borders, and shortly we will also deploy an expert to Iraq.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sahel (22 October 2014)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: ...law in the region and to attack Western interests. A group linked to Al Murabitun claimed responsibility for an attack on the UN peacekeeping Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on 3 October in which nine peacekeepers were killed. On 7 October another peacekeeper was killed in a rocket attack on a MINUSMA base. We are committed to working with our partners...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Mali (21 October 2014)

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on (a) drug and human trafficking and (b) terrorist groups in Mali; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Who Framework Convention On Tobacco Control (21 October 2014)

Jane Ellison: ...), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Troop Deployment: West Africa (20 October 2014)

Thomas Docherty: Last year, the cost that the RAF incurred in supporting the operation in Mali was picked up by an urgent operational requirement, yet an answer last week showed that the cost to RFA Argus had been met by the Department for International Development. Why the difference?

Piracy — Question (16 October 2014)

Lord West of Spithead: ...Abubakar Shekau and ISIL, and now Boko Haram is taking over territory and declaring an Islamic state—then there is the growth of al-Qaeda in the Maghreb and the incidents taking place in Chad and Mali and all those countries. There is Ebola in the west and the enhanced flow of drugs from Colombia into west Africa. Some of these are Commonwealth nations, and we as a nation should do...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burkina Faso (14 October 2014)

James Duddridge: ...Sahel region. Burkina Faso has demonstrated commitment to ensuring regional stability through its role as a mediator on behalf of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) during the Mali crisis, and as a major contributor to the United Nations Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali. We are working with international partners to make clear to the Burkina...

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jeremy Corbyn: ...to get to Lampedusa. Many of those people are victims of wars throughout the region for which we in this House have voted, be it the bombing of Iraq, the bombing of Libya, the intervention in Mali or the earlier intervention in Afghanistan. We need to give a moment’s thought to where the problems come from. The growth of the Taliban came from 1979, when the west decided to support...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014)

Andrew Mitchell: ...All those things make us safer and more secure in this country. It is hugely in our national interest and that is what the development budget is spent on. One example that is worth mentioning is Somalia. Britain intervened to try to do something about the appalling famine that took place there in 2011. By crowding in the regional powers, the different parties in Somalia and the great...

Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security (10 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Stephen O'Brien: .... With the thinnest of resources in our Foreign Office and intelligence services, and without the aid or contribution of the United States, what lessons might we draw from what happened recently in Mali and the Sahel, where early intervention was able to repel al-Qaeda, which has been the closest to our shores most recently? Does that show that we need a unity of approach, and development,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: NATO Summit (8 September 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Stephen O'Brien: ...United Nations meetings, as he indicated he would, and to use NATO as an example of finding a united way, not least because that is one of the great lessons that we learned from the rapid reaction in Mali, which dealt somewhat successfully with the most recent outbreak of the al-Qaeda threat.

Written Answers — International Development: Africa (5 September 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: .... The UK has provided 25.5 million in humanitarian and development assistance to the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis since mid-2013. Across the Sahel region there are ongoing conflicts in Mali, CAR and northern Nigeria which have caused the displacement of thousands of people to the neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad, Cameroon and DRC. The UK has provided 103 million...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sahel (30 July 2014)

Baroness Warsi: ...in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Al Murabitun, aspire to establish Islamic law in the region and to attack Western interests. Al Murabitun claimed responsibility for killing a French soldier in Mali on 14 July, while terrorists affiliated to AQIM are believed to be responsible for killing 14 members of the Tunisian Security Forces on 16 July. We are committed to working with our...

Written Answers — Defence: Africa (21 July 2014)

Mark Francois: ...Nigerian armed forces’ efforts to locate the Chibok School girls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April; Sustaining the training and advisory support we provide to the African Union Mission in Somalia to assist its efforts to combat Al Shabab. We will also continue to assist in the development of a Somali National Army that can protect Somalia’s internal security and...

Written Answers — Home Department: Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes (14 July 2014)

Karen Bradley: ... Lithuanian Female South West Police Lithuanian Male South East Health Services Malawian Female Yorkshire Home Office Malawian Female Yorkshire Legal Representative Mali Female Wales Local Authority Moroccan Female South East Other Nigerian Female Not Known Home Office Nigerian Female North East Home Office Nigerian Female South East...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 July 2014)

David Cameron: ...that we made of spending 0.7% on overseas aid, which is saving lives all over the world. I would not divorce that from our defence spending, because the money that we spend in places such as Somalia, Mali, Nigeria or, indeed, Pakistan is about reducing the pressures of asylum, immigration and terrorism, making our world safer. That is what our defence budget should be about, and I would...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — North and West Africa (UK Response) (3 July 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Hugh Robertson: ...were left across Libya when Gaddafi fell, and that more arms and ammunition were floating around than when the eastern bloc fell in the late 1980s, which is a worrying statistic. In another excellent speech, the hon. Member for Preston (Mark Hendrick) made some good points about Mali, Nigeria, Libya and others. On Libya, the Prime Minister has just appointed Jonathan Powell, who used to...

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