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British Overseas Territories: International Negotiations — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, it is extraordinary. Clearly, there was a real breakdown here. The United States has assured us that it understood that the Prime Minister of Bermuda had the right to negotiate in this case because he asserted such to them. It has led us to announce a review of the operation of this entrustment, but it is clear that there was a breakdown.

British Overseas Territories: International Negotiations — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I certainly think that the overseas territories, which have probably lived in the shadows of British foreign policy for a while, are for a number of reasons becoming more central, most of which have been mentioned in the previous two interventions. Tax havens and the impact on the economies of a number of these territories as a result of removing tax privileges, the broader impact...

British Overseas Territories: International Negotiations — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, they did. I suppose that we had hoped that they had been resolved then and that we had an understanding from future Administrations, particularly one as typically sympathetic as the Obama Administration. But it shows that even in this situation really unfortunate slips can occur.

Cluster Munitions — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, before the UK can ratify the convention, its prohibitions must be implemented in UK law. A cluster munitions prohibitions Bill is included in the draft legislative programme for the fifth Session for consultation. Nevertheless, the Government have begun to implement the convention's key provisions. All UK cluster munitions have been placed in a destruction programme and cluster...

Cluster Munitions — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, let me say to the noble Baroness that I have the best source beside me, the Leader of the House, who shares her desire to see the Bill introduced. Whether it is introduced in this House or another place first is a matter for parliamentary managers to agree, but I assure the noble Baroness that, even while we await the enactment of the Bill, we are, as I said, moving to make sure...

Cluster Munitions — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we hope so. To be fair, the new Administration have had a lot on their plate, so we have not yet been able to have detailed discussions on this issue. It is important to add that a number of key countries in this industry are not signatories. It is not just the US; China, India, Pakistan and Brazil are also not signatories. Even beyond the interoperability issues regarding the US,...

Cluster Munitions — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the Chiefs of Staff strongly support this. This weapon has done untold damage to civilians and, in doing so, risks being in breach of international humanitarian law. It is exactly the kind of weapon that, by killing innocent civilians, means that you lose the hearts and minds side of the war. I can say with great confidence that they support this. We have never used these weapons in...

Cluster Munitions — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, on the latter point, I absolutely agree. The convention comes into force six months after the first 30 countries have ratified. It is enormously important that we are part of that first 30. Twelve have ratified so far, so getting this Bill through is critical. On the first point, I have to acknowledge that there is a gulf between the countries that were part of the Oslo process and...

Cluster Munitions — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord is completely correct. We have to work to persuade other countries to join this. As he is aware, we have looked at other routes. A protocol was proposed to the conventional weapons treaty but unfortunately there does not seem to be a mechanism for bridging the argument between those who feel that that would dilute the convention's provisions and those who want no...

Cluster Munitions — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, one of the conclusions—one of the last-minute features, if you like—of the deal that brought this together was indeed to draw up a definition that no longer differentiated between so-called smart and, I suppose, non-smart weapons. The nature of the warhead and its indiscriminate number of capsules has been the key condition. Therefore, that issue is behind us.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Afghanistan (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: UK forces, along with 41 other contributing nations, participate in the North Atlantic Treat Organisation's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan at the invitation of the democratically elected Afghan Government and at the request of the UN. The objective of the international community's involvement in Afghanistan is to establish the right security environment in which...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iran (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We have made no representation to the US Government about their proscription of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The status of any organisation in another country is a matter for the authorities of that country.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iran (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The EU has made clear its serious concerns about the Iranian authorities' response to the legitimate demonstrations that followed the Iranian elections. In a declaration on 19 June 2009, the EU condemned the use of violence against protesters. On 28 June 2009 the EU condemned the continued arrest and detention of peaceful demonstrators. No sanctions have been agreed by the EU in response to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iran (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: On 20 June 2009, Iranian state media confirmed that at least 21 people had been killed and many more injured during post-election clashes. It has not been possible for us to conduct an independent assessment of the total number of protesters who have been killed. The death of Ms Neda Soltani was captured on video and widely circulated on the internet. Accusations by the Iranian regime that...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iran (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We are extremely concerned by reports that the Iranian Government have set up special courts to deal with those arrested and have threatened harsh sentences. Ayatollah Khatami's comments are absolutely unacceptable and we urge the Iranian authorities to guarantee the lives and rights of those arrested in the post-election violence. These individuals must be protected from torture or...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Kenya (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK has been the leading donor to the Kofi Annan mediation process (£1.4 million over two years). This included support to the Waki Commission, which recommended the establishment of a special tribunal to try the perpetrators of the post-election unrest. We continue to urge the Kenyan Government to establish a credible, independent tribunal with a strong international element, to...

Gaza: Operation "Cast Lead" — Question (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we are concerned by the findings of the recent Amnesty report. We take seriously any allegations of violations of international humanitarian law made by credible organisations during the Gaza conflict. We have consistently stated that they should be properly investigated. In that regard, we urge all parties involved to co-operate with the Human Rights Council fact-finding mission...

Gaza: Operation "Cast Lead" — Question (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, Justice Goldstone has now been able to visit Gaza for two rounds of hearings, without the co-operation of Israel, unfortunately; he has therefore had to enter by the Rafah crossing. The importance of Justice Goldstone's inquiry is that it is an official one, authorised and voted for by the Human Rights Council, so we continue to believe that action should follow that report, not...

Gaza: Operation "Cast Lead" — Question (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, my noble friend has truly surprised me with that question. I am not sure whether he is referring to the ship that was trying to enter, with some British nationals on it who have just been returned to the UK. In general, the blockade of Gaza is not justified. We are down to less than 20 per cent of the normal trucks available to enter the territory—I am now talking land...

Gaza: Operation "Cast Lead" — Question (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the Amnesty report did not actually agree with that; it concluded that there had not been actions of that kind. Again, that is why we need to wait for the official report of Judge Goldstone. He has deliberately set out to investigate allegations on both sides. We need a balanced report before action follows.


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