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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): There are no current plans to re-publish The Treatment of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, also known as the blue book, of 1916.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Treaty of Amsterdam changes the role of the institutions in a number of ways. The European Parliament's role as co-legislator in some areas of Community legislation is strengthened by the extension of co-decision to eight new treaty articles and 15 existing ones. The EP's assent is needed before sanctions are imposed on a member state under new Article 7 TEU. The EP is also given a right to approve the nomination by member states of the Commission President, as well as of other members of the Commission.
The Commission is given a right of initiative in relation to police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters. The Commission President is given an equal say with member states in the selection of other Commissioners and a role in exercising political guidance over the work of the Commission as a whole.
At the 50th anniversary summit in Washington on 23-24 April, NATO leaders agreed that it is our aim to make stability in south-east Europe a priority of our transatlantic agenda. Our governments will co-operate urgently through NATO as well as through the OSCE, and for those of us which are members, the European Union, to support the nations of south-east Europe in forging a better future for their region--one based upon democracy, justice, economic integration, and security co-operation.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The way to achieve an examination is for the Sudan to become a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention. This is supported by a verification regime which allows for on-site inspections.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: It is established practice under Section 1(c) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information not to disclose or discuss information received in confidence from foreign governments.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: There is no evidence that the Army of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) has entered Croatian sovereign territory. However, the United Nations has reported that, on 20 April, between 20 and 30 Serb soldiers entered the demilitarised zone in Prevlaka adjacent to Croatia in contravention of UN Security Council Resolution 1222.
We have concluded that these soldiers were investigating the recently opened crossing point on the border between Croatia and Montenegro. The President of the Security Council announced on 27 April that Serb forces have now begun to withdraw from the demilitarised zone.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The fact that the United States and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a forum to discuss means of enhancing Israel's defence capabilities is a matter of public record. Under Article I of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, nuclear weapon states party to the treaty undertake not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly or indirectly; and not in any way to assist, encourage or induce any non-nuclear weapon state to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices. We have been assured by the Government of the United States that there is no inconsistency between the memorandum and US obligations under Article I of the NPT.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We have consistently urged the Turkish authorities to address the social and economic problems of south-east Turkey and the aspirations of the Kurdish community there, if lasting peace is to return to the region.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We believe, as do our European Union partners, that continued dialogue and co-operation with China on human rights are more likely to bring about practical improvement than repeated UN resolutions, all of which have failed to be adopted in the past. This dialogue-based approach
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