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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: My hon. Friend raises an important part of resolving the challenges that northern Nigeria faces. That is why, the week after I went to Abuja to discuss with President Jonathan how the UK could be of assistance, I went to Cameroon to meet the Cameroon Government and assist them in continuing to strengthen our security co-operation. At the London meeting, we maintained the regional momentum by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The hon. Lady is absolutely right to refocus on the importance of regional co-operation. At the meeting in the fringes of the end sexual violence in conflict conference last week, the Nigerian Foreign Minister as well as regional Foreign Ministers, including the Chadians and Nigeriens, as well as representatives from multilateral institutions such as the African Union and the United Nations...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right to highlight the enormous diversity within Nigeria—now the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa, with parts of the country such as Lagos state growing at an extremely rapid rate. There is now, I think, a real focus both from the international community through the multilateral organisations and from the regional countries on ensuring not only that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The original offer from the UK Prime Minister to President Jonathan, which I went to discuss with the President in Abuja, sets out four specific areas, including the use of the Sentinel aircraft, building capacity in the Nigerian military as well as for intelligence co-operation, interpretation and, indeed, putting resources into education into the northern parts of Nigeria under the UN safe...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I look forward to visiting the Central African Republic as soon as practicable. In the meantime, we remain acutely concerned by the serious situation across the CAR. We will continue to work closely with the UN and international partners to strengthen the international response to the crisis in the CAR.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising this important issue. I have met the interim President of the Central African Republic twice to discuss how the international community can best support efforts to restore peace and stability. The referral to the ICC, building on the work of the African Union, is a very significant step by the interim President. It demonstrates that the ICC is there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising that important issue, which is of great interest to me personally. Last week, on the fringes of the ESVC summit, I held a very large and well-attended meeting with child soldiers—who described their personal experiences—along with excellent, hard-working non-governmental organisations such as War Child. The aim was to find a way in which the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The International Criminal Court deserves our full and unconditional support. My hon. Friend has made the important point that the people who are responsible for crimes such as those that have been reported in the CAR and elsewhere must be brought to justice. I think that the move by the interim president is significant and welcome, especially as the CAR is not able to prosecute domestically,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diego Garcia (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The current agreement with the US runs until December 2016. I expect my officials to begin substantive discussions with US colleagues about post-2016 arrangements later this year. The independent feasibility study on resettlement should be complete by early 2015.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diego Garcia (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: My hon. Friend is assiduous in his commitment to the Chagossians in his constituency, but we need to be careful that we do not prejudice the outcome of the independent study, which has the full involvement of the Chagossians. I can assure my hon. Friend that the US is being kept informed, but the challenges to resettling these low-lying islands, which lack basic facilities and infrastructure,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I know that my hon. Friend takes a keen interest in progress in Djibouti and the important UK-Djibouti links. He will be aware that we held a highly successful and well-attended Djibouti-UK trade and investment conference in London last year and there has been follow-up from that. We hope that will continue by taking UK companies to Djibouti, particularly in key economic sectors that are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point, and I can give him an assurance that we are heavily engaged from a diplomatic perspective in trying to support the international community in finding a resolution to the challenges that the eastern DRC has faced for far too long. To that end I met both the Rwandan Foreign Minister and Senator Feingold, the US special representative for the region,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: African Great Lakes (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Last week, I met with Ministers from the DRC and Rwanda, and with representatives of the UN, and urged all to seize the current opportunity to stabilise eastern DRC. When I met President Kabila in February in Kinshasa, I discussed the importance of his Government taking clear steps on stability and governance.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British Indian Ocean Territory (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We welcome the US presence on Diego Garcia, and we have said we want to see it continue. The current agreement does not conclude until December 2016, and we have not yet held substantive discussions with the US about this subject. I expect my officials to begin doing so later this year.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Marine Protected Areas (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Though some final costs from Counsel on the recently concluded Court of Appeal hearing are yet to be received, the cost of domestic litigation to date is £325,444.42. We understand the litigant, Mr. Olivier Bancoult, has also been in receipt of legal aid. HM Government have been successful in defending all such litigation, and have therefore been awarded full costs in the Divisional Court,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (17 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: No FCO Ministers have met the Nigerian Attorney General since January 2012. Given the range and frequency of meetings between FCO officials with the Nigerian Attorney General, I am unable to offer a full list of them. The Metropolitan Police Proceeds of Corruption Unit is investigating complaints made about the case of oil block OPL-245 in Nigeria. Because this is an on-going investigation,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Minerals (16 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The deadline for disclosure under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act was 2 June 2014. It is too soon to measure the overall effectiveness of the legislation. We continue to encourage all relevant companies to implement the OECD due diligence guidance for responsible supply chains of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Minerals (16 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: During the debate on 13 May 2014 I said that we were encouraging companies and countries to join the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. In the last two years, I have met a range of UK companies to discuss the Voluntary Principles. Three of those companies have joined or have applied to join the initiative. Officials, often working with other member Governments of the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Burundi (16 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We are concerned about recent developments in the security situation in Burundi. The situation remains tense, with limited political space not conducive to the protection of human rights. During my visit in April, I heard concerns from Burundians and the international community about the increasing limitations on political space and the resultant challenge that could pose for next year’s...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Burundi (16 Jun 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I continue to be concerned about rising political tensions and the closing of political space in Burundi ahead of May’s elections. Together with the wider international community, we are working together to encourage Burundi to adhere to the March 2013 UN Roadmap and co-operate with the UN on electoral governance. During my visit to Burundi in April 2015, I highlighted our concerns about...


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