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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (4 Jul 2018)

Boris Johnson: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spent over 61% of the £1,182m Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) in FY 17/18, running programmes across the world. FCO-led foreign policy projects and programmes help advance our national security interests and the UK Aid Strategy’s objectives. Decisions on ending programmes are based on a wide range of factors. We take robust and swift...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Qatar: Telecommunications (29 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: A free and open internet is a fundamental tool for both promoting freedom of expression and creating the conditions conducive to investment and stability. We are aware of reports about the unreliability of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications software in Qatar, although it does not appear to be a universal issue. Our Embassy in Doha continues to monitor and keep the situation...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Military Intervention (29 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The UK has licensed the export of a variety of military items and components to the United Arab Emirates. Details are available in the official statistics published by the Department for International Trade at www.gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-export-controls- licensing-data. We cannot categorically state which, if any, items exported under these licences have been used in Yemen....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Military Intervention (29 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: It is longstanding policy of succesive governments that we do not comment on the activities of our Special Forces or those of our allies.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh: Rohingya (29 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Four members of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) Team of Exerts (ToE) have been deployed to Bangladesh to date by this Department in support of survivors of sexual violence among Rohingya refugees. We are planning a further deployment by two experts in July. Their work will inform future UK-led capacity building for practitioners by experts, including members of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rohingya: Sexual Offences (29 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Four members of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative Team of Experts (PSVI ToE) have been deployed to Bangladesh to date by this Department in support of survivors of sexual violence among Rohingya refugees. This forms part of the UK’s wider £129 million humanitarian response to the crisis that includes counselling and psychological support to more than 10,000 women,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Students: Visas (29 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Decisions on changes to the countries included in Appendix H of the Immigration Rules were taken using established HMG criteria which are discussed from time to time among Departments.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Peace Negotiations (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The third phase of the High Level Revitalisation Forum closed on 23 May with the parties unable to reach agreement on the key governance and security issues that are essential for long term peace. However, following a meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)'s Council of Ministers, IGAD has decided to convene a further round of discussions between the parties to push...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Information on the number of instances of violations of the status of forces agreement is recorded by the UN, and is published on the website of the Security Council in the UN Secretary General's reports on South Sudan. From December 2016 to November 2017, the UN reports that 191 violations of the status of forces agreement occurred. This included 104 instances of the obstruction of the free...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Human Rights (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The Government does not provide bilateral technical advice and assistance on compliance with international humanitarian law or on the investigation and prosecution of human rights abuses to the Government of South Sudan or to the South Sudanese security forces. We welcomed the Security Council's 15 March decision to renew the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This includes...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Conflict Resolution (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), signed in 2015, was not able to prevent the outbreak of violence in 2016. This is why, last year, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) began mediating on a process for revitalising the 2015 agreement through a High Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF), in order to address the issues that led to conflict. The...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Detachments of troops from Rwanda, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Ethiopia have arrived and are now operational in Juba, bringing the total number of Regional Protection Force (RPF) troops to 1,030. The UK gave our strong support to the Security Council's decision to renew the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) which, extended to March 2019, maintains UNMISS's overall troop ceiling of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The US Government announced on 8 May that it would initiate a comprehensive review of its assistance programmes to South Sudan, which will include a focus on ensuring that US Government funding is not being diverted to fuel conflict. Through our Troika partnership, the British Government continues to work closely with the US Government as the latter begins its comprehensive review. We are...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Press Freedom (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Freedom of expression plays an essential role in the establishment and maintenance of peace and political stability. The Government therefore continues to be deeply concerned by the actions the Government of South Sudan has taken to clamp down on media freedom and on access to information, including blocking websites, closing media organisations, and attacking journalists. The World Press...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan: Crimes Against Humanity (8 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The UK strongly supports the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms in South Sudan, including the Commission for Truth Reconciliation and Healing, the Compensation and Reparations Authority, and the Hybrid Court, both to promote healing and reconciliation for the victims of human rights violations, and to ensure that the perpetrators of such abuses are held to account for their...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria: Human Rights (6 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: ​We are concerned about the allegations raised in the Amnesty International report 'They Betrayed Us.' We routinely make clear to the Nigerian authorities the importance of protecting civilians and upholding human rights standards. It is essential that actions taken by the Nigerian Armed Forces and security services are in accordance with international human rights and humanitarian laws. We...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cameroon: Refugees (6 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: ​The Minister for Africa raised this issue with the Secretary General to the Cameroonian President when he visited London last month. She reinforced that Cameroon must respect its international obligations to protect refugees. Our High Commissions in Abuja and Yaoundé are following this issue closely and continue to stress the importance of protecting the rights of refugees throughout the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: USA: Diplomatic Relations (15 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: The UK has a special and enduring relationship with the United States based on our long history and commitment to shared values. Last week I saw the Vice President, National Security Advisor and Secretary of State to further strengthen those ties. No two countries will agree on every issue, but the US remains our No. 1 friend, ally and partner.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (15 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: On leaving the EU, the UK will pursue an independent foreign policy, but we would be open to co-operating closely, where this is in our shared interest. We are currently in discussions with the EU on our future security partnership, and we continue to discuss this with our counterparts across Europe. The UK has also published online our vision for the future external security relationship.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ethiopia: Security (10 May 2018)

Boris Johnson: The British Government is concerned by recent clashes along the internal border between Somali Regional State and Oromia. We have reinforced the need for all actors to resolve grievances peacefully rather than through violence, and for all security forces to exercise restraint. I welcome the focus placed on this by new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy, including in his visit to Jijiga, capital...


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