Results 181–200 of 2083 for speaker:Lord Malloch-Brown

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iran (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK is aware of reports of Iranian shelling in and against Iraqi Kurdistan earlier this month. The UK has not made any representations to the Government of Iran about this.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pakistan (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: There are media reports of the so-called Jizya tax being imposed by the Taliban in Swat. The Jizya is not a legitimate tax levied by the Government of Pakistan. It has been imposed by violent extremists in their efforts to take control of Swat. We will continue to support the Government of Pakistan's fight against violent extremists, who seek to undermine the fundamental principles of good...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Terrorism (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Since financial year 2003-04, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) programmes to counter terrorism and radicalisation and promote reform in the Arab world have spent: 2003-04—£4.7 million; 2005-05—£11.2 million; 2005-06—£17.6 million; 2006-07—£15.8 million; 2007-08—£16.5 million; and 2008-09—£31.8 million. Our work is focused in priority countries and regions overseas as...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Uganda (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Government have not had any such discussions. Prior to, during and following Operation Lightning Thunder, I had discussions with Ugandan Ministers during which I stressed the importance of regional co-operation in dealing with the security threat posed by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Internationally, the UK worked hard to secure a UN Security Council presidential statement on 23...

Sri Lanka — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we continue to work with the UN, EU, the Sri Lankan Government and key international partners to alleviate the humanitarian situation facing the estimated 250,000 civilians displaced by the fighting and to press for progress on a political solution that is based on equality, consent and the rule of law. On 17 May, the Prime Minister announced an additional £5 million in...

Sri Lanka — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I agree with both of the noble Baroness's points. Now that the battle has been won in terms of securing their territory, it is absolutely incumbent on the Government of Sri Lanka to show statesmanship, reach out and try to find a political solution that allows the Tamil people a sufficient degree of control over their affairs so that they become contented citizens of a united Sri...

Sri Lanka — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, like every Member of this House, I hope that it will be over soon. The young men and women—well, people now of all ages—who are out there would be doing their cause as well as all of us a favour if they moved their activities to a different area. There are plenty of ways in which they can exert pressure for a political solution, and plenty of opportunities for them to raise...

Sri Lanka — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, as the noble Lord knows, a group of MPs representing an inter-parliamentary group from the House of Commons went to Sri Lanka recently, as did the Foreign Secretary. There have been a number of visitors from Sri Lanka here; this morning I received the leader of the Sri Lankan opposition at the Foreign Office. There is continued dialogue. I am extremely anxious that we should go on...

Sri Lanka — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, my right honourable friends the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister have both spoken to the UN Secretary-General in recent days, and the Prime Minister has also spoken to President Rajapaksa. Access to the IDP holding camps as well as to the areas of displacement in the conflict area itself has been repeatedly raised, and we will continue to raise it. That covers organisations...

Sri Lanka — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we certainly respect the noble Lord's final point—that the political solution to this must come from inside Sri Lanka from a process set up and led by President Rajapaksa. Indeed, in our initial contacts with the president, we congratulated him on the finishing of a brutal 26-year civil war, which was instigated by the Tamil Tigers—a terrorist group. But we also made it...

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the UK sees Turkey's European Union accession process as the most effective catalyst for change. Through this process, working closely with our EU partners, we encourage the expansion of cultural and minority rights and reform in the criminal justice system. We encourage NATO partners who are not in the EU to support reform. The FCO also provides support for criminal justice reform...

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I confirm that resolving relations with Cyprus and Armenia is an important obligation on EU candidates, in this case Turkey, because it is a requirement of good neighbourly relations. We have encouraged Turkey to resolve these issues through both internal and external dialogue.

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, as far as the UK Government are concerned, EU policy remains unchanged: there is an accession process for Turkey under way. The UK strongly supports it, and strongly supports Turkey's eventual membership of the EU.

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we have noticed some loss of momentum in reform in Turkey both on other accession issues such as economic reform and on issues relating to the Kurdish areas. The recent decline in the ruling party's vote in the local elections in that area of the country may have served as something of a disappointment to it. However, I completely agree with the noble Lord's point. We must give them...

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I completely agree with the noble Lord's fundamental analysis. Turkey is an extraordinary country with an extraordinary history, and, in our view, it has an extraordinary future within Europe. It is enormously important that we continue pressing for that. However, as an earlier question suggested, unfortunately, our enthusiasm for Turkey's membership of the European Union is not...

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I certainly endorse the noble Lord's view that lecturing is not the most appropriate form of foreign policy. The rebuke, if it is that, is well taken, because we need in general to be careful about asserting these points in a lecturing way. However, I hope that the relationship with Turkey is well situated within a European Commission review process across the so-called 35 chapters...

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we are very pleased about the fact that there are now two leaders who very much want to arrive at a negotiated settlement to this dispute. We believe that the Government of Turkey have played a constructive role in this. There is still further to go in the negotiations than we would have wished, and the early honeymoon has turned into a long, hard slog in trying to make progress on...

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the British Government's view on that is well known. We feel very strongly that the two communities have to find a way in which to live together in full respect for each other and for each other's rights.

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I certainly would. There are issues on which Turkey still needs to make progress, including issues about the Turkish penal code. For example, there has been a dispute recently about movements to Islamise the state, which have been resisted, with regard to headdresses and such like. Those issues are highly sensitive in Turkey, but we believe that the Government understand the nature...

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, as I said in answer to an earlier question, I think that the noble Lord is quite right. We are disappointed about how the momentum of economic reform has slowed down. We are using every means that we can to encourage the Government of Turkey once more to put their foot on the pedal and accelerate those reforms, despite the fact that it is now a difficult economic time to be doing...


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