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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The UK is playing a leading role in helping Nigeria to tackle the terrorist threat from Boko Haram and related group Ansaru, working closely both with the Nigerian authorities and international partners. The UK proscribed Boko Haram in July 2013. Following the abduction in April of the Chibok schoolgirls the Prime Minister offered a package of support including: tactical advice and training...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Since the formation of the All Progressive Congress in 2013, I have met Governor Fashola (Lagos State), Governor Amaechi (Rivers State) and Governor Shettima (Borno State). I am unaware of any other meetings between the Secretary of State or other FCO Ministers and leading members of the All Progressive Congress. We stand ready to work with the Nigerian Government and politicians of all...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria and Cameroon (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We have no plans at present to commission an inquiry into the international support network for Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon. However, we are working with international partners, including Nigeria and its neighbours, the US and France to share information and coordinate efforts to defeat Boko Haram, including through the creation of a Regional Intelligence Fusion Unit (RIFU).

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Seas and Oceans: Conferences (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Sir David King, the Secretary of State’s Special Representative on Climate Change represented the Government at the Our Ocean conference in Washington. He highlighted the UK’s ongoing ocean conservation work, in particular the Marine Protected Areas already designated in the British Indian Ocean Territories and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. No policy statements were announced.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe (15 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We remain committed to supporting the Zimbabwean people in achieving a prosperous and democratic future, including through engagement with the Government of Zimbabwe. The UK continues to hold regular high-level meetings with the Government and others across the political spectrum to promote democracy and good governance and discuss a range of issues.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Africa (14 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We believe there have been links between Boko Haram and AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb). Boko Haram's off-shoot Ansaru is also believed to have had connections. However, we assess that Boko Haram's main motivation remains the end of democratic government and creation of an Islamic State in Nigeria.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (14 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We have no evidence that Al-Shabab operate in Nigeria, however we are committed to working with the Nigerian authorities to tackle terrorism in Nigeria, including the abduction of young people by Boko Haram. Following the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram in April, the Prime Minister offered a package of assistance to the Nigerian Government. This included a pledge of £1...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (14 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Terrorist attacks in Nigeria have caused great suffering in communities of different faiths and ethnicities. Boko Haram cannot be seen simply as a result of Christian-Muslim tensions and their attacks are often indiscriminate. The British Government is committed to working with the Nigerian authorities to tackle security problems in Nigeria. We recognise the underlying issues of poverty and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria and Cameroon (14 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We welcome all efforts by Cameroon and Nigeria to strengthen their security cooperation to defeat Boko Haram. I discussed Cameroon's efforts to tackle Boko Haram with the Cameroonian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister when I visited Yaounde in May. Both signalled their willingness to work with partners to combat Boko Haram. On 12 June in London, the Cameroonian Foreign Minister attended a...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Africa (10 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The African Court of Justice and Human Rights is not yet operational. The UK continues to believe that there must be no impunity for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. We will continue to voice our support for this principle. The UK strongly supports the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a court of last resort when other courts are unable or unwilling to act. The Rome...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Somalia (10 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We are unable to provide direct consular assistance in Somalia. However, while we advise against all travel to Somalia except for the cities of Hargeisa and Berbera, to which we advise against all but essential travel, we have provided some consular assistance to British nationals who have travelled to Somalia through our embassy in Addis Ababa and high commission in Nairobi. There have been...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Overseas Territories: Economic and Environmental Development (9 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I would like to inform the House of three important developments that will benefit the British overseas territories and British overseas territories citizens. This Government set out, in our 2012 White Paper, a vision for the overseas territories to be vibrant and flourishing communities. We established a joint ministerial council, bringing together UK Ministers and territory leaders and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: South Sudan (9 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The United Kingdom is working to prevent violence against women in South Sudan in a number of ways. First, the UK, with the US and Norway (the Troika), is an active member of the peace talks in Addis Ababa and is supporting regional efforts to address the crisis. Secondly, we are supporting the work of the African Union's Commission of Inquiry that will investigate allegations of violence and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diego Garcia (8 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Records on flight departures and arrivals on Diego Garcia are held by the British Indian Ocean Territory immigration authorities. Daily occurrence logs, which record the flights landing and taking off, cover the period since 2003. Though there are some limited records from 2002, I understand they are incomplete due to water damage.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Passports (8 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Between 1 January 2010 and 31 May 2014 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued 115,239 Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs). The breakdown by year is as follows:   Number 2010 14,367 2011 27,467 2012 28,880 2013 30,006 2014 (to 31 May) 14,609 A further breakdown of this information according to nationality is not available and could be provided only at a...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe (8 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We continue to pursue a resolution to this issue. I have personally written to both Finance Minister Chinamasa and the responsible Minister for Pensions, Minister Goche. I also raised the issue during a meeting with the Zimbabwean ambassador in London on 30 June. We are in regular contact with the Director of Pensions, with whom officials last met on 12 June. Our ambassador regularly raises...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British Overseas Territories (7 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Governance is continuously monitored by the FCO through frequent dialogue with the Governor, administrators, senior island government officials, NGOs and others. FCO and DfID officials also periodically visit the islands to inform their assessments. The FCO and Governor also meet a variety of stakeholders from all the islands to listen to their views.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British Overseas Territories (7 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Individual complaints or allegations may be raised from time to time, relating to governance issues. Whenever such representations are received, they are taken very seriously, are properly investigated and dealt with as necessary. The annual Joint Ministerial Council hosted in London by the FCO is also a forum for elected representatives from the islands to raise any concerns about governance...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British Overseas Territories (7 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Constitution Order 2009 is functioning well, serving as a sound foundation for the development of democratic process and providing comprehensive terms for the protection of human rights. Well run general elections were held in St Helena and Ascension Island in 2013. On Tristan da Cunha, also in 2013, a new Island Council was formed. There were...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British Overseas Territories (7 Jul 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Managing the cost of living and living standards is largely a matter for the locally elected government with HMG providing support as may be appropriate. As St Helena moves towards the opening of its airport, the island has seen a number of positive developments. Incomes have increased significantly over the last two years and unemployment is low. Ascension Island's special status means that...


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