Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 25th February 2005.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he plans in conjunction with other EU member states for co-operation on essential border controls between the EU and Belarus; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The UK actively participates in joint EU operations at weak points on the EU's external border. There are plans for such operations at the border with Belarus in the future.

The UK Immigration Service also has regular operational contact with the authorities in Belarus on migration issues, including on border control matters. Home Office officials met recently with representatives from the Belarusian Ministry of the Interior to discuss co-operation on migration issues.

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