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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Peace Negotiations (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The third phase of the High Level Revitalisation Forum closed on 23 May with the parties unable to reach agreement on the key governance and security issues that are essential for long term peace. However, following a meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)'s Council of Ministers, IGAD has decided to convene a further round of discussions between the parties to push...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Information on the number of instances of violations of the status of forces agreement is recorded by the UN, and is published on the website of the Security Council in the UN Secretary General's reports on South Sudan. From December 2016 to November 2017, the UN reports that 191 violations of the status of forces agreement occurred. This included 104 instances of the obstruction of the free...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Human Rights (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The Government does not provide bilateral technical advice and assistance on compliance with international humanitarian law or on the investigation and prosecution of human rights abuses to the Government of South Sudan or to the South Sudanese security forces. We welcomed the Security Council's 15 March decision to renew the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This includes...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Conflict Resolution (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), signed in 2015, was not able to prevent the outbreak of violence in 2016. This is why, last year, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) began mediating on a process for revitalising the 2015 agreement through a High Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF), in order to address the issues that led to conflict. The...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Detachments of troops from Rwanda, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Ethiopia have arrived and are now operational in Juba, bringing the total number of Regional Protection Force (RPF) troops to 1,030. The UK gave our strong support to the Security Council's decision to renew the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) which, extended to March 2019, maintains UNMISS's overall troop ceiling of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The US Government announced on 8 May that it would initiate a comprehensive review of its assistance programmes to South Sudan, which will include a focus on ensuring that US Government funding is not being diverted to fuel conflict. Through our Troika partnership, the British Government continues to work closely with the US Government as the latter begins its comprehensive review. We are...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Press Freedom (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Freedom of expression plays an essential role in the establishment and maintenance of peace and political stability. The Government therefore continues to be deeply concerned by the actions the Government of South Sudan has taken to clamp down on media freedom and on access to information, including blocking websites, closing media organisations, and attacking journalists. The World Press...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Crimes Against Humanity (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The UK strongly supports the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms in South Sudan, including the Commission for Truth Reconciliation and Healing, the Compensation and Reparations Authority, and the Hybrid Court, both to promote healing and reconciliation for the victims of human rights violations, and to ensure that the perpetrators of such abuses are held to account for their...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria: Human Rights (6 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: ​We are concerned about the allegations raised in the Amnesty International report 'They Betrayed Us.' We routinely make clear to the Nigerian authorities the importance of protecting civilians and upholding human rights standards. It is essential that actions taken by the Nigerian Armed Forces and security services are in accordance with international human rights and humanitarian...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cameroon: Refugees (6 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: ​The Minister for Africa raised this issue with the Secretary General to the Cameroonian President when he visited London last month. She reinforced that Cameroon must respect its international obligations to protect refugees. Our High Commissions in Abuja and Yaoundé are following this issue closely and continue to stress the importance of protecting the rights of refugees...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saudi Arabia (23 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: The conflict in Yemen is now in its fourth year. Houthi rebels took the capital Sana’a by force in 2014 and displaced the legitimate Government of Yemen, as recognised by the UN Security Council. Coalition action is designed to facilitate the restoration of effective governance. The Houthis have consistently failed to adhere to UN Security Council Resolutions, including by launching...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Provision of Early Recovery Assistance to the Overseas Territories (21 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: The United Kingdom is strongly committed to supporting the recovery of the British Overseas Territories of Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September. Through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund we committed £72 million to support the immediate needs of the affected Territories...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: USA: Diplomatic Relations (15 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: The UK has a special and enduring relationship with the United States based on our long history and commitment to shared values. Last week I saw the Vice President, National Security Advisor and Secretary of State to further strengthen those ties. No two countries will agree on every issue, but the US remains our No. 1 friend, ally and partner.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (15 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: On leaving the EU, the UK will pursue an independent foreign policy, but we would be open to co-operating closely, where this is in our shared interest. We are currently in discussions with the EU on our future security partnership, and we continue to discuss this with our counterparts across Europe. The UK has also published online our vision for the future external security relationship.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Girls’ Education (15 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: If every girl in the world had 12 years of quality education, this world would be infinitely safer, vastly more prosperous and better, which is why education for girls is at the heart of Government policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Girls’ Education (15 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and the statistics are truly horrifying. There are countries around the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa, where female illiteracy is running at 60%, 70% or sometimes 80%, which is why the UK is in the lead in campaigning at the UN, the G7 and the G20 for focus on this issue. That is also why the Prime Minister announced a further £212 million...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Girls’ Education (15 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising that problem, which is of course well known to the Prime Minister, who has campaigned on human trafficking and modern slavery for many years. We certainly co-ordinate with the Home Office to tackle the problem that the hon. Gentleman describes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Girls’ Education (15 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: We continually work to tackle not just female illiteracy and innumeracy but the associated problems, including gender-based violence, and we work continually on the prevention of sexual violence in conflict. I recently had a meeting with Lord Hague, whom colleagues will remember championed that issue to great effect.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Girls’ Education (15 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: I am proud to say that I have had repeated conversations with the Government of Pakistan about the UK contribution to the challenge that they face. As I am sure that the hon. Gentleman knows, 66% of adult women in Pakistan are illiterate. Through the Department for International Development, the UK is trying to tackle that issue, and I think that 6 million girls in the Punjab have been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Commonwealth: Diplomatic Relations (15 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: During the recent Heads of Government meeting at the Commonwealth summit, we announced the opening of nine new missions, to great acclaim throughout the Commonwealth. They include six high commissions in Lesotho, Swaziland, the Bahamas, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu. As I have told the House before, we are expanding the UK diplomatic network to become the biggest in Europe.


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