Nigeria

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th January 2015.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell DUP, East Londonderry

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise at the UN the recent killings by Boko Haram in Baga and surrounding villages in Nigeria.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The UK fully supports the statements made by the United Nations Secretary-General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights which strongly condemned the recent killing of civilians by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Baga, Nigeria. Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc across North East Nigeria, causing suffering in communities of different faiths and ethnicities. As I set out in my answer to the Honourable Member for Brent Central (Sarah Teather)'s Urgent Question on 12 January (Hansard Column 601), the UK has taken an active role in leading international support to Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram, alongside other international partners, including the UN. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) also discussed the situation with Secretary Kerry on 15 January 2015.

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