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Lord Chesham: The precise demarcation of the border between Greece and Turkey involves judgments on the complex international legal background to maritime boundaries in the Aegean. The matter is one for the parties to sort out in accordance with international law. The best way to proceed must be to submit the dispute to arbitration. We regularly discuss tensions in the Aegean with the United States.
Lord Chesham: The Alliance frequently discusses NATO enlargement, including at meetings of the Allies' Permanent Representatives in Brussels. NATO officials are obliged to represent policy agreed by all the Allies when speaking officially on behalf of the organisation. We understand that the United States Department of Defense has corrected the misinterpretation in the media of the statement to which the noble Lord refers.
Lord Chesham: We are aware of Russian concerns about NATO enlargement. The Alliance is addressing these concerns in developing its wider relationship with Russia and has made it clear that the enlargement process will threaten no-one.
Lord Chesham: NATO Heads of State, at their meeting in Brussels in 1994, took the decision to enlarge the Alliance as part of a wider process of enhancing security and stability in the whole of Europe. All NATO Allies remain firmly committed to this.
Lord Chesham: NATO's study into the "how and why" of enlargement, produced in September 1995, made clear that NATO enlargement will threaten no-one, and will contribute to a broad European security architecture based on true co-operation throughout the whole of Europe. The study also noted that there is no a priori requirement for the stationing of nuclear weapons on the territory of new members.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The study referred to was prepared by Prison Service officials as advice to Ministers. Following the long established convention, this advice was not published.
Baroness Blatch: The Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, following the United Kingdom's oral examination on its Thirteenth Periodic Report, will be placed in the Library. The corrected summary records of the hearing will also be placed there once they have been issued by the committee. Both documents are published by the United Nations, and copies may be obtained from that source. Copies are also available form the Home Office on request and the Non Governmental Organisations which, to our knowledge, submitted evidence to the committee will be informed of these arrangements.
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