Cotonou Agreement

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th April 2005.

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Photo of Mr Parmjit Gill Mr Parmjit Gill Liberal Democrat, Leicester South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposed inclusion of weapons of mass destruction clauses in the Cotonou agreements between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific states.

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

The Cotonou Agreement covers many aspects of the EU's relationship with the ACP group—trade, aid and political dialogue. The EU has agreed that such mixed agreements should reflect our common interest in non-proliferation of WMD as an issue of political dialogue. The EU has told the African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP) that financial and technical assistance in the area of counter proliferation of WMD will be financed from instruments other than those intended for the financing of ACP-EC cooperation"

i.e. not from the European Development Fund or other EC thematic development lines.

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