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Results 141–160 of 9399 for speaker:Kim Howells

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Kurds: Peace Negotiations (14 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: We are in frequent contact with the Governments of Iraq, Armenia and Turkey and the Kurdistan regional government in Iraq and encourage them to strengthen their bilateral relationships and resolve any disputes they have through dialogue. We have no plans to convene or support a conference specifically for these countries.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East: Armed Conflict (14 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: Hezbollah's military wing provides support to rejectionist groups in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. On 2 July my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary laid an order in Parliament which, if approved, will proscribe the entirety of Hezbollah's military wing. Proscription will not affect the political, social and humanitarian role Hezbollah plays in Lebanon, but it sends out a clear...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Transparency International: Finance (14 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: Globally, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has provided the following amounts to Transparency International and their local partner organisations for specific anti-corruption projects in 2005-07: Financial year £ 2005-06 167,149 2006-07 312,487 2007-08 466,530 Our embassies around the global network will also have provided limited funds to local Transparency...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East: Armed Conflict (10 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: Both Iran and Syria offer support to Palestinian rejectionist groups. Such support undermines the prospects for a just and lasting settlement, in which the two states of Israel and Palestine can live side by side in peace and security. We call on both countries to cease their support for these groups and renounce all links to terrorism.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Baha'i Faith (7 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: In addition to the EU statement of 14 May which expressed deep concern at the arrests of the Baha'i leadership in Iran, both the UK and the EU highlighted this situation at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 6 June and called for the Iranian Government to release them. I raised the issue with the Iranian ambassador to London soon after the arrests. We remain extremely worried by their...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East: Administration of Justice (7 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not hold this information. In order to obtain the information we would need to contact the relevant Ministry of Interior or Government office of each country for the information. The information cannot be provided, except at disproportionate cost. The UK believes that all trials should be conducted in accordance with international minimum standards.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East: Armed Conflict (7 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 26 June 2008 The Government's view on settlements is clear: all settlements are illegal under international law. Reports of recent settlement expansion are at odds with Israel's roadmap commitments—which call for a freeze on all settlement construction—and threaten negotiations on a two-state solution. As I made clear in an answer to the House on 24 June, the presence of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East: Armed Conflict (7 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: There were no discussions on the human rights record of Israel in the occupied territories during the EU-Israel Association Council.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan: Terrorism (7 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: The threat from violent extremism in the North-West Frontier province of Pakistan has grown, despite more than 800 members of the Pakistani security forces having lost their lives in the struggle to maintain security. We are committed to helping the Government of Pakistan tackle this threat and have deepened our counter-terrorism co-operation accordingly. We would not be able to comment on...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Tony Blair (7 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: The right hon. Tony Blair has not performed any official activities on to which fees and expenses were attached to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 27 June 2007.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (3 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 2 July 2008 The UK is providing coordinated military and civilian support to the Afghan government to improve security, governance and development opportunities on a district-by-district basis in Helmand. We are supporting Afghan counter narcotics institutions to deliver the National Drug Control Strategy, with an emphasis in Helmand where poppy cultivation is concentrated....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Maldives: Elections (3 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 25 June 2008, Official Report, column 374W, to the hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson).

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Free Zones (3 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 1 July 2008 The UK supports the creation of nuclear weapon-free zones in accordance with the Principles and Guidelines in annex I of the report of the 54th session of the UN Disarmament Commission (http://disarmament.un.org/undiscom.htm). These principles and guidelines state, for example, that the nuclear-weapon states should be consulted during the negotiations of each...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Free Zones (3 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 1 July 2008 The UK has signed and ratified the protocols to the treaties of Tlatelolco (Latin America and the Caribbean) and Raratonga (South Pacific) as well as the relevant protocols of the treaty of Pelindaba (Africa), collectively giving treaty-based negative security assurances to over 100 countries.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Free Zones (3 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 1 July 2008 The UK supports the principle of both the South-East Asia and Central Asia nuclear weapon-free zones. The UK continues to seek ways to overcome the difficulties that pertain to the treaties of Bangkok and Semipalatinsk so that we can ratify protocols to these treaties. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials continue to have discussions with representatives of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan: Politics and Government (3 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: To support a sustained democratic transition in Pakistan, we are talking to leaders from across the political spectrum. The recent visits by my right hon. Friends the Foreign Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Defence Secretary, have emphasised to Pakistan's leaders the UK's commitment to promoting good governance, strengthening democratic institutions, electoral reform and combating...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan: Terrorism (3 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 30 June 2008 In the cases of the four British nationals who alleged mistreatment while in Pakistani custody, only three have asked us to pursue these allegations. In all three cases, we have raised the allegations officially with the Pakistani authorities. We have yet to receive any official response from the Pakistani authorities. We were informed of the detention of the...

Israeli Wall (ICJ Opinion) (2 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Clare Short) on securing this important debate. The middle east peace process continues to be a high priority for the Government as well as a topic of great interest to the House. We have had many debates on the subject and will continue to do so. The United Kingdom is committed to supporting Israel and the Palestinian Authority...

Israeli Wall (ICJ Opinion) (2 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: No, I disagree with that analysis. I think that it is possible for people to yearn for justice and a two-state solution and to acknowledge that the barrier has made life safer inside Israel. I would not deny for one moment that Palestinians and Israelis have been killed needlessly and horribly as a consequence of this conflict. I think that I have mentioned to the right hon. Lady in previous...

Israeli Wall (ICJ Opinion) (2 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: Absolutely.


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