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Results 161–180 of 9399 for speaker:Kim Howells

Israeli Wall (ICJ Opinion) (2 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: No. I do not know if the right hon. Lady heard me. I said precisely that the Government believe that that wall should not incorporate Palestinian land and should be on the 1967 line or behind it. I reiterate that point for her. Nevertheless, I stick to my argument, which is that, in the meantime, since parts of the wall or barrier have been built, that mentality has grown up inside Israel and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Disarmament (2 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: The Government welcomes the proposals made by President Sarkozy in his 21 March 2008 speech and expanded upon in France's White Paper on Defence and National Security, published 17 June 2008. UK officials are working closely with their French opposite numbers to explore how progress can be made on each element of the plan. The UK is currently pursuing a number of disarmament initiatives,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Taliban (2 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: Afghanistan and Pakistan have a strategic interest in working together. We continue to encourage both governments to take forward their shared commitment to combat the Taliban and other insurgent groups who oppose both Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction and the authorities on both sides of the border.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Somalia: Politics and Government (1 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 30 June 2008 We are pleased that the UN sponsored talks in Djibouti resulted in the initialling of a peace agreement between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance for Re-Liberation of Somalia on 9 June 2008. This is a positive step and we look forward to all parties formally signing soon and fulfilling their commitment to cease armed confrontation. We...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Refugees (26 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: There are no refugee camps in Afghanistan, but there are a number of refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there are 2.1 million registered refugees in Pakistan and a further 1 million unregistered. Likewise in Iran there are approximately 1 million registered refugees and a further 1 million unregistered. UNHCR also...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Sanctions (26 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: On 23 June the EU formally approved the listing of several Iranian individuals and entities, including Bank Melli, under its previous Common Positions. The UK has long argued for EU measures against Iran to reinforce those already imposed in UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1737, UNSCR 1747 and UNSCR 1803. We will pursue further EU action in the coming months and will argue for...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Armed Conflict (26 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: The security situation in Iraq varies from province to province. The security situation in Iraq has improved significantly over the course of the second half of 2007 and 2008. In and around Baghdad, violence has reduced to levels not seen since 2005. There are a number of factors that have contributed towards the downturn in levels of violence across Iraq. The increased capacity and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Military Bases (26 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: The US and the Government of Iraq are currently discussing the legal basis for the presence of US military forces following the expiry of UN Security Council Resolution 1790 mandate at the end of 2008. These discussions are essentially a matter for the two countries concerned. We are following their progress closely, however, and are in discussion with coalition partners and the Government of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Politics and Government (26 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: We encourage all communities in Iraq to engage with the political process and to turn their backs on violence. Political engagement by all sectors of Iraqi society will be crucial in achieving lasting progress on national reconciliation and we continue to support the Government of Iraq in efforts to achieve this goal. However, we remain concerned that part of Muqtada al-Sadr's 13 June...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Colombia: Capital Punishment (25 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 20 June 2008 The annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Colombia for 2008 (A/HRC/39) details the persistence of extrajudicial executions attributed to members of the Colombian security forces, especially by members of the army. It also notes the Colombian Government's attempts to tackle this by strengthening control mechanisms, the political will of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Nuclear Power (25 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: In 1976 the Shah of Iran contracted with a German company to build two nuclear power reactors at Bushehr. Before the first was completed, the Iranian Revolution of 1979 overthrew the Shah and led to the creation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. For many years construction was halted. After the Iran/Iraq War, Russia agreed in 1995 to fit one of their VVER-1000 power reactors into the original...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Nuclear Power (25 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: There has been no formal response from Iran to UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1803. The 3 June deadline in UNSCR 1803 for Iran to comply with the Security Council's demands has now passed. Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities, or granted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) the greater access it seeks, as the IAEA Director General's latest report made...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Nuclear Power (25 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: Iran's nuclear programme, which continues in breach of four UN Security Council Resolutions, threatens the stability of the region. By continuing with an enrichment programme for which we can see no apparent civilian purpose and in the face of clear international concern, Iran is doing little to address the serious lack of confidence in its assertions that its intentions are exclusively...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Sanctions (25 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: We are in constant contact with EU and E3+3 colleagues on the Iranian nuclear issue. The Government will continue to work closely with EU partners to pass further measures as soon as possible, including the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1803 in the EU. Discussions are continuing in Brussels and I will inform the House when these have been agreed. We are also...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: Human Rights (25 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 20 June 2008 With UK support, Richard Falk was appointed as Special Rapporteur by the President of the UN Human Rights Council during its seventh session. Professor Falk made his first appearance at the UN Human Rights Council on 16 June when he presented his first report. We regularly raise a range of human rights issues with the Israeli Government such as the impact of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Maldives: Elections (25 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: The UK is co-financing Commonwealth technical assistance to the Maldivian Government to improve the Maldives' electoral legislative framework. Separately, we are funding a Maldivian non-governmental organisation voter education programme, and through the BBC World Service Trust, training for journalists in election reporting. The UK also fully supports the work of the EU electoral expert...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan: Foreign Relations (25 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary is in regular contact with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on a wide range of issues. Pakistan remains a priority for UK foreign policy. In April 2008 my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary visited Pakistan where he met Foreign Minister Qureshi, and they last spoke in person on 12 June 2008 at the Afghanistan conference in Paris.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: United Arab Emirates: Prisoners (25 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 18 June 2008 It is a matter for the United Arab Emirates authorities to decide on their policy with respect to the import and possession of drugs. We cannot interfere in the judicial process of another country, just as we would not expect another country to interfere in ours. We cannot get people out of prison or detention, nor can we secure special treatment for them because...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Baha'is (Iran) (24 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: When I raised with the Iranian ambassador to London the UK's great concerns about reports of maltreatment of adherents of the Baha'i faith in Iran, he told me that Baha'ism is not officially recognised as a religion in Iran. We receive reports that Iranian Baha'is face routine discrimination and harassment on the grounds of their faith, and the informal Baha'i leadership has been detained for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Baha'is (Iran) (24 Jun 2008)

Kim Howells: Yes, I can confirm that the new draft penal code is currently being considered by a judicial committee in the Iranian Parliament, but it has not yet been debated or voted on in plenary. We are very concerned that the draft code makes apostasy punishable by death and that the provisions contravene the principle of religious freedom. We are worried about the impact that they would have on...


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