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Written Answers

Friday, 14th July 1995.

Mr. Harry Wu

Lord Holme of Cheltenham asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What representations they are making for the release of Mr. Harry Wu, who is being held on the Kazakhstan border.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): Mr. Harry Wu holds US citizenship, and US officials are already in contact with the Chinese Government about his detention. We share their concern over this case, and we hope that Mr. Wu will soon be released.

Non-Proliferation: US/Russia Working Group

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have sought an explanation from President Clinton or President Yeltsin of their joint statement that they have directed a "newly-established bilateral working group on non-proliferation ... to report to them"; whether this working group's activities are intended to be "transparent" and its assessments to be in the public domain: and if not whether they will seek to ensure that they are.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The establishment of this bilateral working group is a matter for the Americans and the Russians.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Principals and Objectives

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the meaning of the phrase "political commitment" which they used in relation to the principles and objectives agreed at the

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    Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (HL Deb., 29th June 1995, col. WA60).

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The "Principles and Objectives for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament" issued at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review and Extension Conference are policy objectives agreed by the governments represented at the Conference. The document is not legally binding.

Non-Proliferation Treaty Extension

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they decided not to insist on the extension of the Non-Proliferation Treaty being described as "unconditional".

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: There were no conditions agreed for the indefinite extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The decision was accompanied by decisions on improving the review process and on principles and objectives for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

Rwanda: Arms Embargo

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have checked the allegations made in the Amnesty International report on Rwanda entitled Arming the perpetrators of the genocide, and what additional measures they will propose to the United Nations Security Council to stop arms and ammunition entering the region via Goma or any other route.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We share the widespread concern at possible breaches of the arms embargo on Rwanda. The UN Secretary General's Representative, Mr. Ajello, recently visited the region and addressed these concerns. We await his report and will consider what action should be taken in the light of it. Meanwhile, the allegations made in the Amnesty International report have been passed to HM Customs and Excise, who are responsible for the investigation of allegations of violations of the United Kingdom order implementing the arms embargo.

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