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Written Answers — House of Lords: Cyprus: Property (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for Cyprus, available on the FCO website, advises British citizens who encounter difficulties as a result of purchasing property in Cyprus to seek qualified legal advice on their rights and methods of redress. This would include difficulties in obtaining deeds to property to which the purchaser is entitled. Although the Government are...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Cyprus: Property (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Our High Commissioner in Cyprus recently raised the issue of title deeds not being supplied to purchasers on completion of a property purchase in Cyprus with the Republic of Cyprus Ministry of the Interior, and received assurances that the Cypriot Government intend to introduce a Bill to address this issue. The Government recognise that this issue has the potential to affect a large number of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Diplomatic Bag Service (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: All diplomatic missions overseas receive a regular scheduled diplomatic bag service between London and the mission, which can vary in frequency depending upon the size, logistical difficulties and location of the post.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Forced Marriage (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We continue to work with the Governments of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to tackle forced marriage and encourage them to take steps to prevent forced marriages taking place. These discussions cover a range of options, from awareness-raising and outreach work to possible legal remedies. We continue to work closely with these governments to provide effective consular assistance to British...

Written Answers — House of Lords: India: Orissa (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The next EU-India human rights dialogue is due to be held in 2009, though the date has not yet been fixed. We expect religious freedom and minority rights in India, including the recent attacks in Orissa State, to be included on the agenda.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Japan (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Government hold regular meetings with members of the Government of Japan on a wide range of issues, both in the UK and overseas. To provide information on the full range of meetings that have taken place at both official and ministerial level would incur disproportionate cost as the information is not centrally held. However, the following meetings have recently taken place: my honourable...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Kenya (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We assess that the instability in Somalia is having a negative impact on some areas of Kenya's border with Somalia. There have been incidents of border incursions by Somali-based militia, kidnappings and unrest in the border towns of El Wak and Mandera. Extreme elements in Somalia have stated publically that should Kenyan troops cross the border into Somalia, they would retaliate. The...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Nepal (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We will continue to take every opportunity to remind the Government of Nepal of the need to implement the Supreme Court's order to criminalise enforced disappearances and establish a Disappearances Commission in line with international standards as soon as possible. We have also encouraged the Government to live up to their commitment to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, based...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Passports (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The number of passports issued by United Kingdom diplomatic missions overseas in each of the last five year was as follows: 2003-04—447,409;2004-05—452,901; 2005-06—449,164; 2006-07—416,731; and2007-08—375,715.

People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran — Question (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, mindful of the clear judgment of the Court of First Instance of 4 December 2008 annulling the July 2008 listing of the PMOI, the UK believe that EU member states must observe and respect the court's judgment in the current review of the EU list of terrorist organisations.

People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran — Question (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord is, as always, gracious; he was kind enough, in attributing the spurious response to the Government, not to say that it was my response in this Chamber to him and others. This gives me the opportunity to say that, while the Court thought the view incorrect that it was impossible to vote against only one member of that list, I checked back with officials, who have...

People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran — Question (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we constantly review which organisations we believe should be proscribed. It is enormously important that our reviews and the decisions that we and our European partners make are subject to scrutiny by the courts. In this case it is clear that courts both at the national and the EU levels have found repeatedly against our desire to proscribe this organisation and it is enormously...

People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran — Question (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, let me be clear: at the end of this month there will be a decision on this issue by Ministers at the European level. Let me be equally clear that the UK will, both in the working meetings that precede that decision and at the time of the decision itself, urge respect for the decisions of the courts.

People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran — Question (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, each organisation is individually considered by the working committee that gives advice to the Council of Ministers. It is then the prerogative of the presidency to decide how a vote is taken on the list derived from those discussions. The last presidency determined that the vote should be on the list as a whole and that the list should be either adopted by consensus or rejected. It...

People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran — Question (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we are very much aware that seven leading members of the Baha'i community have remained in detention without formal charge since their arrest in the first half of last year. We received reports in December that the group had been sentenced to death and that executions were imminent, although we have been unable to confirm this and cannot therefore substantiate the reports. Since the...

People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran — Question (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the two lists are in this sense linked. The deproscribing of the PMOI indeed has knock-on effects on the organisation as a whole.

People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran — Question (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, in the light of the court decision, we hope that the list, when it arrives before Ministers, will ideally not contain the PMOI.

Gaza — Statement (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, with permission, I shall now repeat a Statement made in another place by my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary. The Statement is as follows. "With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will make a Statement on the appalling situation in Gaza. The fighting continues, but the bald statistics of the rising death toll do justice neither to the scale of the suffering nor to the...

Gaza — Statement (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I thank both Benches opposite for the support they offered to British policy. I think that all recognise just how difficult this is—the cover of this week's Economist said it all, describing this as a 100-year conflict. The roots go deep. As the noble Lord, Lord Howell, said, while the blame game is not the way to go when we need to look forward, the difficulty is that both sides...

Gaza — Statement (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I hesitate only because the logical and military difficulties of what my noble friend proposes are considerable. Parties are at war on the ground and any intervention would require full international legitimacy. While there is a role for an international force in helping to ensure that any ceasefire is agreed to and arms smuggling and other things stop, it is very hard to imagine...


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