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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to secure the release of the four International Criminal Court staff detained in Libya since 7 June 2012.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Following the detention of the International Criminal Court (ICC) representatives during a visit to Saif al-Islam al Gaddafi on 7 July, our ambassador in Tripoli has been working closely with the Libyan authorities, ICC representatives and other partners to secure a rapid resolution to this case. He has discussed this issue on a number of occasions with several Libyan counterparts, including Prime Minister al-Kib and Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Aziz. Given UK consular responsibility for Commonwealth Citizens, our ambassador in Tripoli and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), have been in especially close touch with Australian counterparts to support their requests for consular access. We will continue to encourage all parties to conclude the negotiations to secure the release of the delegation so that the ICC and Libyan authorities can resume co-operation on the case involving Saif al-Islam al Gaddafi.

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