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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Climate Change (7 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The UK is actively engaged in discussions on preparations for the UN Secretary-General’s climate summit in September 2014. We welcome this opportunity to further build international momentum to tackle climate change, and towards a new global, legally-binding climate agreement in 2015. The UK is committed to the goal of jointly mobilising USD 100 billion of climate finance per year by 2020...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (7 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Since the abduction of the Nigerian school girls on 14 April we have remained in close contact with the Nigerian authorities about the case. Although the whereabouts of the girls remains unclear, reports in the media and from girls who escaped suggest they are being held in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State. Media reports also suggest the girls may have been taken into Cameroon and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (7 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, spoke to the Nigerian Foreign Minister on 18 April when he condemned the abductions and offered UK assistance in securing the release of the schoolgirls.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (7 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Since the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls on 14 April, our high commission in Abuja has remained in close contact with the Nigerian authorities. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, offered our assistance when he spoke to the Nigerian Foreign Minister on 18 April. So far we have not received a formal request for assistance from the Nigerian Government.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (7 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Since the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls on 14 April, we have focused our efforts on working with the Nigerian Government to locate and secure the release of the girls. We have discussed the issue with officials from counterpart members of the UN Security Council in New York. On 7 May, I spoke with UN Special Representatives (SR), Zainab Bangura (UN SR for Sexual Violence) and Leila...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (7 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Since the abduction of the Nigerian school girls on 14 April, we have focused our efforts on working with the Nigerian Government to locate and secure the release of the girls. We have made no representations to UN Women about the case. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, made a statement condemning the schoolgirls abduction on 16 April.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Asylum (6 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Government support work to establish how existing international institutions and frameworks can be used to address climate change induced migration. Refugee status under existing international and EU legislation is based on the risk of persecution, and it is Government policy to avoid developing separate frameworks that could duplicate or contradict this. The Government are also committed...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (6 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Approximately 230 schoolgirls were taken. A small number appear to have escaped or been released. There is no confirmation of the current location or condition of those still being held. Most reports suggest the girls were initially taken to the Sambisa forest, where insurgents are believed to have a number of camps. The girls may have now been split into several smaller groups.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (6 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We expect the next Foreign Affairs Council to focus on Ukraine. Nigeria is not currently on the agenda. Our high commissioner in Abuja has discussed the abductions with his EU colleagues.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (6 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), spoke to Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on 18 April about the case. The Foreign Secretary expressed the UK’s sympathies about this outrageous crime and offered UK assistance to Nigerian efforts to recover the girls. Officials at our high commission in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St Lucia (6 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: Our officials have had a number of discussions with the Government of St Lucia about delays in the criminal justice system, particularly in relation to cases involving British nationals. In December last year, our high commissioner to St Lucia raised the issue with the St Lucian Home Affairs Minister and in April 2014, the British resident commissioner raised the issue with the St Lucian...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St Lucia (6 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: As soon as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was informed of the death of a British national, consular officials contacted the St Lucian authorities about the investigation into Mrs Greenwood’s tragic death. They remain in regular contact. Most recently, St Lucia’s Crown Prosecution Service informed our officials that a pre-trial hearing had been adjourned until 8 May. We will continue...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe (6 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Overseas Service Pensioners Association (OSPA) have estimated that there are approximately 1,250 to 1,500 pensioners who are entitled to a pension from the Government of Zimbabwe, of whom 300 to 400 are estimated to be resident in the UK. This is unverified by the Government of Zimbabwe. The payment of Zimbabwe public service pensions is the responsibility of the Government of Zimbabwe....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe (6 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We continue to pursue a resolution to the non-payment of Zimbabwe civil servant pensions and are in regular contact with the interested parties, including the Overseas Service Pensioners Association (OSPA) and the Federal Pensioners Association in Harare. UK officials last spoke with the Director of Pensions at the end of January and are still pursuing a response from the Zimbabwean Civil...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe (6 May 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We were in regular contact with the commercial bank following the request by the Government of Zimbabwe to facilitate the payment of pensions. They formally confirmed to the Government of Zimbabwe on 6 November that they were unable to act as the service provider, though had informed us of this decision in the preceding weeks. The payment of Zimbabwe public service pensions is the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Africa (28 Apr 2014)

Mark Simmonds: We have updated our travel advice for the following countries to notify travellers about the recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease: Guinea, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania and Cote d’Ivoire. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice We advise people travelling to the affected region to check the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British Indian Ocean Territory (28 Apr 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The feasibility study has now begun in earnest and the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) Administration continue to welcome views on it. Since the summer of 2013, BIOT officials have carried out three consultations, receiving responses from all major groups representing Chagossians and others with an interest. There will be further key consultation as the study progresses. We have also...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Lesotho (28 Apr 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I visited Lesotho in March 2013 as part of a larger tour of the Southern African region. My visit to Lesotho was the first bilateral ministerial visit to the Kingdom since 2002. I was delighted that the Prime Minister of Lesotho was able to visit the UK between 4- 9 April, further strengthening bilateral relations and the ongoing links between our two countries. The Minister of State, Foreign...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Official Visits (28 Apr 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I refer to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), to the House on 4 March 2013, Official Report, columns 55-56WS. The Secretary of State announced a new process by which we would be informed of visits that may qualify for special mission status. The pilot process has improved the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central African Republic (9 Apr 2014)

Mark Simmonds: I welcome the launch of the EU Force (EUFOR) military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) on 2 April. EUFOR will help the African-led International Support Mission to CAR (MISCA) and French (Sangaris) forces to provide security in Bangui until a hand-over to MISCA or a possible UN Peacekeeping Operation can take place. I discussed the importance of the mission with ministerial...


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