Results 161–180 of 2083 for speaker:Lord Malloch-Brown

Written Answers — House of Lords: Unite Nations: Olympics (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We welcome the International Olympic Committee's contribution to the work of the UN and would support its application for observer status at the UN General Assembly.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Zimbabwe (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We continue to have serious concerns about the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, including the increase in violent farm invasions, with credible reports of police being complicit. Although the approximately 70 political detainees who were in custody when the inclusive government was formed have been released, they are under strict bail conditions and there are reports of continued state...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Zimbabwe (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We continue to support civil society organisations in Zimbabwe, including those working for an inclusive and transparent constitutional review process. We are speaking to the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and the relevant parliamentary committee about their plans, and stand ready with other donors to provide support when we see evidence of a just, inclusive and transparent constitutional...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Zimbabwe (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We estimate there are 3,000 British people in Zimbabwe who may qualify for this scheme, according to age, although not all will want to apply for it. It is difficult to say precisely how many people will apply or how many of them will be eligible, but we estimate that the number of successful applicants is likely to be about 750, although the actual numbers taking up the scheme could...

Somalia — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the Djibouti process led to the expansion of the Somali Parliament and its selection of a new President. The formation of a more broadly based Government provides the best opportunity to create a lasting peace and reconciliation necessary for tackling the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Although that Government are battling an assault by the armed insurgency, they must continue to...

Somalia — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord has repeatedly brought the question of Somalia to this House's attention, and correctly so, because it is often one of those forgotten crises. About 40 per cent of the country's population are displaced, completely dependent on international aid, and it has been very difficult to get it there. Despite the current upsurge of fighting, the distribution continues in key...

Somalia — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, on the noble Lord's first point, there is pretty strong evidence of Eritrean collusion in the upsurge of violence against the Government and of possible arms resupply to the rebels by the Eritreans. They were condemned in a Security Council presidential statement at the end of last week and have furiously denied the charges, but frankly that does not give me much confidence—it...

Somalia — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, this is one of those perennial issues which, quite rightly, come up every time that Somalia lurches back into crisis. The noble Lord knows our position, which is that we try to give Somaliland support but we think that its status and potential independence must be dealt with through African forums: first, through talks between the two sides in Somalia and, subsequently, through the...

Somalia — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the right reverend Prelate raises an important point. I will look into it and ensure that information is being shared. Broadly, I do not think—although he knows better than I do—that this is a situation where our Somali British community is divided, as is the case with some other conflicts with which we have been dealing. I think that among Somalis resident here there is quite...

Somalia — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, my noble friend is absolutely correct about the critical role of humanitarian non-governmental organisations. DfID is in daily contact not just with the UN agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross but also with the NGOs involved, to try to work out how we can programme an additional £3.5 million of support. The NGOs are obviously suffering from the same...

Gaza — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the UK Government have not been approached to provide support to UK lawyers assisting the United Nations Human Rights Council fact-finding mission, led by Justice Goldstone. However, we urge both Israel and Hamas to co-operate with that mission and will consider carefully any report it produces. We have consistently said that all credible allegations of breaches of international...

Gaza — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Baroness's views on this matter are well known. She is, essentially, right that we cannot have a double standard. That is why we have pressed Israel to accept the investigation of the Human Rights Council led by Justice Goldstone. He has made it clear that he is looking at crimes against humanitarian law that might have been committed by both sides. We have warned Israel...

Gaza — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the UN board of inquiry was limited to the investigation of incidents involving attacks on UN premises or staff. The Human Rights Council inquiry is a much broader look at war crimes in their entirety that might have been committed by either side.

Gaza — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the United States is engaged in an entirely welcome effort to move forward a diplomatic solution to this conflict. The President met the Israeli Prime Minister on Monday and will meet President Mubarak of Egypt and the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, later this month. I am sure that the Goldstone inquiry has featured within that, but I think that the US eye is set on the...

Gaza — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we have to see whether Justice Goldstone is able to complete his work. He is expected to report in June to the Human Rights Council. He has made it clear that if he is unable to enter through Israel, he will enter through the Rafah crossing. We should wait to see his report before concluding whether it meets the commitment that I gave to the House, and which I think we all agree is...

Gaza — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, my noble friend is right. Indeed, that was the initial approach of the Human Rights Council. It goes to exactly my point about Judge Goldstone and his independence and quality, that he insisted—if he was to take on this mandate—that he look at alleged war crimes by both sides.

Gaza — Question (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I think it is important and is a reflection of the fact that there are people of good will on all sides of this who, whatever their views about the conflict and its origins or long-term peace, recognise that in today's world these kinds of crimes, whether they occur in Gaza, northern Sri Lanka, or Darfur, must be subject to international accountability.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Democratic Republic of Congo (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We maintain an intensive dialogue with the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) and seek to provide assistance whenever requested, as with all UN peacekeeping missions. The additional resources mandated by the UN Security Council in resolution 1843 included provision of additional intelligence capability. MONUC is in the process of acquiring additional aerial...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Democratic Republic of Congo (21 May 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We are not providing any logistical support directly to the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The operations currently under way against rebels in North and South Kivu are being conducted jointly by the DRC armed forces and the UN mission in the DRC. The UK provides substantial support to the reform of the DRC armed forces. Since April this year we have provided training...

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

Lord Malloch-Brown: Findings from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) investigations have stated that, throughout the conflict in Gaza, the IDF operated in accordance with international law, although there were a very small number of incidents in which intelligence or operational errors took place during the fighting. However, we are concerned by the findings of the UN board of inquiry's (BoI) report. The...


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