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Colombia

32. Paul Goggins: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on human rights in Colombia. [23026]

Mr. MacShane: We continue to receive numerous representations from Members of Parliament, leading UK non-governmental organisations such as ABColombia, CAFOD and Peace Brigades International, and members of the public about human rights in Colombia. Several UK trade unions have recently expressed their concerns. I met a number of peace activists and human rights NGOs

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during my visit to Colombia in October 2001. We continue to make representations to the Colombian Government about human rights. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office co-sponsored a Forum on Human Rights in Colombia in London on 31 October 2001.

Zimbabwe

33. Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last had discussions with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth about the situation in Zimbabwe. [23027]

Mr. Bradshaw: The latest discussion on Zimbabwe with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth took place at the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting held on 20 December.

Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens will assist in ensuring that the Zimbabwe 2002 Presidential elections are free and fair. [23883]

Mr. Bradshaw: We have not yet received an invitation from the Government of Zimbabwe to send observers to this year's Presidential election. It is therefore too early to say how many UK nationals may or may not be deployed as election observers.

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Libyan involvement in Zimbabwe. [24926]

Mr. Bradshaw: Relations between Libya and Zimbabwe are a matter for those two countries. We have seen no evidence to support recent speculatory press articles on Libya's involvement in Zimbabwe.

Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Southern African Governments about the situation in Zimbabwe. [23006]

Mr. Bradshaw: We are in regular dialogue with Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries about the situation in Zimbabwe.

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Abuja Agreement following recent events in Zimbabwe. [24940]

Mr. Bradshaw: At Abuja, Zimbabwe agreed that its land reform programme should be fair, just and sustainable and in the interest of all the people of Zimbabwe. It also committed itself to restore the rule of law to land reform and to respect the Harare Commonwealth Declaration. The Government of Zimbabwe's actions over the past few months show their scant regard for these commitments. They have seriously undermined the Abuja agreement.

Cyprus

34. Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of Turkey and Greece regarding the future of Cyprus. [23028]

Peter Hain: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary discusses Cyprus regularly with Turkish Foreign Minister Cem. He visited Ankara 17–18 October and met Foreign

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Minister Cem at UN General Assembly on 12 November. The Foreign Secretary's last formal bilateral with Greek Foreign Minister Papandreou was on 4 October, at which Cyprus was discussed, but they also have discussions regularly in the margins of EU and other international meetings.

Angola

37. Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Angola. [23032]

Mr. Bradshaw: We continue to be concerned by the human consequences of the civil war in Angola, which include widespread suffering, internal displacement and the violation of human rights.

We urge dialogue, involving all parties to the conflict, as an essential first step towards addressing these problems. We welcome the growing contribution of the churches and civil society to finding a sustainable solution.

Terrorist Networks

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on diplomatic action he has taken to eliminate terrorist networks in countries other than Afghanistan. [23016]

Mr. Bradshaw: Diplomatic action to eliminate terrorist networks is one of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's priorities. We regularly raise counter-terrorism issues with a wide range of Governments and in many international organisations and have an active programme of international co-operation in this area. This activity has increased significantly since 11 September. We consistently call for an end to state sponsorship and for firm action to root out terrorist networks on the part of Governments which unwillingly host terrorists.

Arms Embargoes

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries are subject to (a) an EU arms embargo and (b) a UN arms embargo. [23685]

Mr. Bradshaw: Countries subject to a United Nations arms embargo are Afghanistan (territory under Taliban control), Angola (UNITA), Iraq, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone (non-Government forces) and Somalia. There are also restrictions in place on Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Uganda where arms and related material are intended for use in Rwanda.

Countries that are not subject to a UN arms embargo that are subject to European Union restrictions are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burma, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Sudan.

A full account of the sanctions operated by the United Kingdom, including the United Nations and European Union measures, can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at http://files.fco.gov.uk/ und/sanctions/list.pdf.

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Egypt

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations with Egypt. [23776]

Mr. Bradshaw: We have a strong relationship with the Government of Egypt: interests in the region are often parallel and Egypt has, in particular, played an important role in the Middle East Peace Process. UK/Egypt trade relations are also very strong and continue to grow. We have concerns about individual cases of human rights abuse in Egypt. We shall continue to encourage the Egyptian authorities, both bilaterally and through the EU, to work towards improving their human rights record.

Capital Assets

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's answer of 12 December 2001, Official Report, column 889W, on capital assets, if he will place in the Library information on the accounting treatment of the public private partnership projects relating to (a) the Berlin Embassy, (b) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Telecommunications Network, (c) GCHQ Building, (d) car leasing and (e) IT Registry (Minerva); and if he will make a statement. [24257]

Mr. MacShane: The accounting treatment of all public private partnership projects within the Department is in line with relevant generally accepted accounting practice, in particular FRS5 and also with specific HM Treasury guidance.

The GCHQ building is not funded by the FCO, all other projects listed are treated as operating leases and are, therefore, not included in the Department's balance sheet.

Gibraltar

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Government will be responsible for (a) overseeing and (b) drafting the terms of a referendum of the people of Gibraltar on a change in sovereignty. [24511R]

Peter Hain: I refer my hon. Friend to the answers I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Thurrock (Mr. Mackinlay) on 12 December 2001, Official Report, column 853W.

Since any change to the Gibraltar constitution could trigger primary legislation in the UK, Her Majesty's Government would, in consultation with the Government of Gibraltar, expect to oversee the organisation and timing of any referendum of the people of Gibraltar on a change in sovereignty, and to propose and endorse the terms of any such referendum.

Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on recent developments in the sovereignty of Gibraltar. [23005]

Peter Hain: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Knowsley, South (Mr. O'Hara) on 20 November 2001, Official Report, column 187W.

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Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent briefings have taken place with the Financial Times over the future of Gibraltar. [24978]

Peter Hain: There have been no recent briefings with the Financial Times over the future of Gibraltar.

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place about using the model for Andorra as a model for joint sovereignty of Gibraltar. [24977]

Peter Hain: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Knowsley, South (Mr. O'Hara) on 20 November 2001, Official Report, column 187W. A copy of the joint press communiqué issued by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs when they met under the Brussels Process in Barcelona on 20 November has been placed in the Libraries of the House. The Ministers discussed the full range of issues set out in the November 1984 Brussels Communiqué. Their discussions did not include the Andorra model.


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