Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom was a party to the 2006 Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development; what progress has been made in implementing it; and whether the retention of nuclear weapons by the United Kingdom and France is compatible with the aims of that Declaration.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The United Kingdom signed the Geneva Declaration in 2006 and is also a member of the Core Group which is responsible for guiding implementation of the Declaration.

The Geneva Declaration makes no mention of nuclear weapons, and the United Kingdom sees no incompatibility between maintenance of the deterrent and the Declaration.

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