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

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary has again made it clear in evidence that he gave to the Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as in recent questions in the other place, that we continue to remain utterly opposed to settlement activity and fully support the US position on that. He has also, in meetings with Israeli Ministers—most recently yesterday with the Defence...

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

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the lead in negotiations at the moment clearly rests with the United States and the mission of Senator George Mitchell. The United States is fully committed to a two-state solution. It is our role to try to encourage that process and support the US in any way we can with contacts with all parties in the region; but it is very much up to the United States to determine when it is...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Gaza (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Government are aware of President Carter's recent visit to Gaza but have not requested a briefing from President Carter.

Peru: Indigenous People — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords—

Peru: Indigenous People — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we are very concerned by the events in Bagua and welcome the Peruvian Government's invitation to the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation on human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people to investigate the recent violence in the Peruvian Amazon. We look forward to receiving his report into events. We condone any excessive use of force and urge the full...

Peru: Indigenous People — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, as to the noble Lord's second point, there is a genuine long-term need for dialogue between the Government and indigenous groups about the social and economic development of the Amazon region of Peru. This has been a long-standing sore in the political life of the country, and the disturbance is just the latest tragic expression of that. On the noble Lord's first point on the report...

Peru: Indigenous People — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord is completely correct. It was indeed a free-trade agreement—not the one with Europe—which prompted this dispute that led to the loss of 33 lives. It came precisely because the Government exercised powers to overrule existing legislation on landholdings and other related issues. The overruling has been reversed, which shows the need to deal with this issue with...

Peru: Indigenous People — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Baroness is completely correct—it is part of a broader issue. The rights of indigenous people throughout the Amazon and the Andes is an increasingly important political issue in the region in terms of its development, and in terms of the need to include those people in the political dispensation of those countries and support them in their need to assert control and...

Peru: Indigenous People — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I hope that the advice is to be careful, sympathetic and fully conscious of the issues—to be good corporate social citizens with the kind of investment programmes, and the kind of respect for corporate social responsibility standards, that will ensure that such investments do not become a source of political confrontation and controversy. I will take the question of the right...

Peru: Indigenous People — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I suspect that the noble Lord is completely correct. Many of these land claims are disputed and were asserted when accurate mapping was not possible. Therefore, there is a lot of history to work through in dealing with the claims, which would no doubt form part of a good mapping exercise.

Peru: Indigenous People — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, as far as concerns this incident, of the 33 known deaths, 20 were of police who were involved in seeking to suppress the incidents. There is a report just out by the ombudsman of Peru—a well regarded, independent figure—and there will be the report of the UN special rapporteur. We will have to see whether the police in this case acted in any way extra-legally. At the moment,...

Peru: Indigenous People — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, perhaps I should have declared an interest, because I lived and worked in Peru at one point in my life. That gave me the privilege of seeing the extraordinary role of the British NGO and civil-society community around these issues in Peru.

UN: Peacekeeping — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we have not capped the UK's payments to the UN for assessed payments, since these are legal obligations, but as part of the 2007 CSR settlement for conflict funding from 2008 to 2011 the call on the Treasury reserve for peacekeeping is currently set at £374 million annually. Therefore, when assessed UN peacekeeping costs rise, the overall UN conflict budget has less funding...

UN: Peacekeeping — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord makes a very powerful point. There is no doubt that when we engage in multilateral peacekeeping, which is often more cost-effective than a direct bilateral operation of our own, we are engaged in meeting a national security goal, as my noble friend's report again confirmed just last week. Therefore, on the face of it, it appears anomalous that multilateral activities...

UN: Peacekeeping — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord is completely correct, and this year has demonstrated that fact, as we have ended up spending a lot more on peacekeeping. We have gone into the budgets of the FCO, DfID and the MoD to make up the shortfall created by just the squeeze he describes. Yet even with that, we have seen discretionary spending having to fall. It has been an expensive year for peacekeeping and...

UN: Peacekeeping — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I reassure my noble friend that I have been absolutely adamant in decision-making across government on peacekeeping that the political, security and strategic arguments for a peacekeeping operation must always prevail and that we must work out how to pay for it subsequently. Otherwise, we would have a terrible inversion of the priorities we must have when moving on peacekeeping...

UN: Peacekeeping — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I, too, acknowledge the important role of the Commonwealth, particularly in conflict resolution and mediation, which has headed off conflicts which might otherwise have later called on UN peacekeeping forces. I remind the noble Lord that we have recently increased our share of the Commonwealth budget from 30 to 31 per cent.

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, Parliament has decided on the Lisbon treaty. The treaty was debated in detail in Parliament over 25 days and both Houses voted strongly in favour at every stage. Both Houses rejected, by clear majorities, amendments proposing to decide by referendum. The UK considers and decides on the British national interest through our Parliament, as Governments of all political complexions...

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, obviously we all respect the vote in the European Parliament elections but it is up to the national Parliament—the UK Parliament—to decide on the treaty. To unpick done business in this way would not be a good precedent for parliamentary government.

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, it is indeed an issue on which the will of Parliament should prevail and Parliament has declared itself.


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