Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to facilitate dialogue between opposing political parties in Bangladesh.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

Prior to the 5 January election, the UK urged all sides to resolve their differences through meaningful dialogue and to create the conditions conducive to free, fair and credible elections. Visiting Bangladesh on 12 December, the Minister of State, my noble Friend the right hon. Baroness Warsi, encouraged PM Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to continue the process of dialogue initiated by UN Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez Taranco. We continue to urge the new Government and all parties to work together to strengthen democratic accountability as an urgent priority and to build the willingness and capacity to hold future participatory elections free from intimidation and reprisals.

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