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Results 61–80 of 9399 for speaker:Kim Howells

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mauritania: Peace Negotiations (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: On 6 August I made the following statement on the situation in Mauritania: "The UK is following the situation in Mauritania closely and is concerned by reports of a military coup. We condemn any attempt to seize power by force and call on all parties to ensure respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law and to safeguard the well-being of their own citizens and foreign nationals...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Morocco: Fisheries (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 10 September 2008 Morocco, as the de facto administering power in the Western Sahara, has an obligation under international law to ensure that economic activities carried out under its administration in the territory do not adversely affect the interests of the people of the Western Sahara. This includes revenues from the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement 2006. Trawlers from the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Morocco: Fisheries (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 10 September 2008 The EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement was agreed in 2006 and sets out the terms for which UK and other European fishing vessels may fish in the waters off the coast of Western Sahara. The agreement does not prejudice the issue of the status of Western Sahara, which the UK regards as undetermined pending UN efforts to find a resolution. Nor does the agreement...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Morocco: Human Rights (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 10 September 2008 The UK welcomes closer co-operation between the EU and Morocco, including the proposal for an Advanced Status Agreement currently under discussion between EU member states, the European Commission and Morocco. These discussions cover a range of issues, including human rights. Human rights will also remain part of the political dialogue between the EU and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Morocco: Western Sahara (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: There are no provisions in the current Association Agreement that provide for special arrangements for goods originating from Western Sahara. However, the Government maintains the position that the Government of Morocco, as the de facto administering power of Western Sahara, is obliged under international law to ensure that economic activities carried out under their administration do not...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 17 September 2008 The UK will work intensively with international partners before, at and after the 2009 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee to identify areas of convergence that can form the basis of a successful outcome to the 2010 NPT Review Conference. In particular we will submit proposals to strengthen the NPT in all its aspects, promoting zero...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 17 September 2008 We assess that the decision by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to allow an exemption for India to the NSG guidelines will not have any effect on the operation of article II of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Article II prohibits the transfer of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices; the NSG exemption for India does not allow for such...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 17 September 2008 Universalisation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is a long-standing UK objective. The UK regularly calls on India to accede to the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state. This is a message we convey both publicly and privately.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan: Christianity (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: Our High Commission in Islamabad followed the judicial process of the case of the two Christian sisters Anila and Saba closely through local human rights organisations. Following a hearing at the Lahore High Court on 9 September, Anila was returned to the custody of her parents since she is a minor. However, on the evidence of a medical board, Saba was found to be aged between and 15 and 17...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Paraguay: United Nations (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 10 September 2008 The UK has a good relationship with Paraguay; we conduct our affairs via our embassy in Buenos Aires and through our honorary consul in Asuncion. Our officials make regular visits to Paraguay to ensure that this relationship is maintained. The last visit was in August 2008 by our accredited ambassador to Paraguay for President Lugo's inauguration. In...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka: Diplomatic Service (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: I refer the hon. Member to the letter my noble Friend Lord Malloch-Brown wrote to him on 29 August concerning this matter. A copy of that letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: USA: Administration of Justice (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 10 September 2008 The conclusion of a Government-to-Government agreement between the US and Libya on 14 August will provide for compensation for many of the victims of Libya's past sponsorship of terrorism, while ruling out the possibility of legal action against Libya before the US courts as regards allegations of Libyan involvement in terrorism before 30 June 2006. The...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western Sahara: Human Rights (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 10 September 2008 The Government are concerned that the long-running dispute over the status of the Western Sahara remains unresolved and that human rights across the region continue to suffer. Staff from our embassy in Rabat continue to monitor the situation through non-governmental organisations, journalists and visits to the territory. Staff from our embassy in Rabat are...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western Sahara: Human Rights (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 10 September 2008 The UK is concerned that the conflict in the Western Sahara remains unresolved and we are keen to see a resolution to the issue of the Western Sahara that will provide for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution offering self-determination of the people of the Western Sahara. To this end, we support the efforts of the UN Secretary-General...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western Sahara: Politics and Government (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 10 September 2008 The UK continues to support the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his staff to assist the parties to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution which will provide for the self determination of the people of the Western Sahara. The UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted UNSC resolution 1813 on 30 April 2008 which extended the mandate...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western Sahara: Politics and Government (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: The UK welcomes closer co-operation between the EU and Morocco, including the proposal for an advanced status agreement currently under discussion between EU member states, the European Commission and Morocco. These discussions cover a range of issues, including economic and commercial issues, justice and security, regional co-operation, cultural and educational co-operation and human rights....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western Sahara: Politics and Government (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: In his report to the UN Security Council (UNSC) of 16 October 2006, Peter van Walsum, the then Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to the Western Sahara, recommended that both parties "enter into negotiations without preconditions, with a view to achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political situation that will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western...

Written Answers — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Imports: Israel (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: I have been asked to reply. The EU does not recognise settlements as part of Israel and does not accept goods from settlements as coming under the EU-Israel Association Agreement. The UK continues to work to ensure that settlement products are not imported as Israeli goods under the Preferential Trade Agreement. The Government currently have no plan to ban the sale of produce from illegal...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: The UK has a comprehensive communications strategy for Afghanistan, including our support for building the rule of law. We have offered several broadcasters and newspapers the opportunity to interview UK police mentors in Kabul and Helmand. We intend to organise press briefings to provide further detail about recently deployed UK police, taking into account the security of the officers concerned.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: There are no plans to make it our policy to consult Select Committees on any future deployment of British police officers to Kabul. The International Development Committee was briefed on the EU Police Mission (EUPOL) in Afghanistan on 17 January 2008. The Government deposits Explanatory Memoranda on EUPOL's legal documents at the relevant times with the House of Commons Parliamentary...


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