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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The Foreign Secretary raised this with his Czech counterpart. Our Embassy in Prague has also discussed this with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Czech Government plan to proceed with the sale of former Czech army tanks to Yemen but have assured us that they are taking great care to ensure that Yemen is the end user and that there is no diversion to a third country. We have not held discussions with the Poles as we are not aware that any further sales are planned.
The OSCE Principles Governing Conventional Arms Transfers commit OSCE members to avoid transfers which would be likely to be diverted within the recipient country or re-exported for purposes contrary to the aims of the principles. It is up to individual OSCE members to decide how they can best achieve this. Post-export monitoring may be less effective in preventing diversion than a refusal to allow an export if a risk of diversion is determined to exist. The UK has taken steps to promote the exchange of information on end-users of concern in fora such as the Wassenaar Arrangement in order to assist the process of risk assessment by national authorities.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The measures introduced by the 14 member states of the EU were intended to send a signal of concern over the inclusion of a far-Right party in the new Austrian Government. Along with all our EU partners we are committed to act against xenophobia and discrimination and have
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The EU troika made a demarche in Ankara on 24 February to register our concern at the arrest of the three HADEP mayors and to ask for more detailed information on the reasons for the arrests. The mayors have now been released and reinstated to their posts pending trial. We welcome this development and will continue to monitor closely their situation.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We have noted the statement on 9 February by the PKK Presidential Council. We welcome its decision to end the armed struggle. The Embassy in Ankara is closely following developments in the light of this and earlier statements by the PKK.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We are concerned that 11 civilians were killed in an attack on a minibus in Guclukonak in January 1996. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was suspected of carrying out the attack but a human rights delegation contended at the time that the security forces were responsible.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: UNSCR 1244, which established the international presences in Kosovo, states that the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General shall lead the civilian presence. The UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK) has components led by the European Union and the OSCE, as well as the UN elements. We see no need to change this structure. Our priority is to ensure that UNMIK has the support it needs to carry out its mandate. The Kosovo Transitional Council is an advisory body and the Interim Administrative Council is a forum for discussions between Kosovo Albanians, Kosovo Serbs and UNMIK.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) is developing a business plan for the Trepca complex. UNMIK has announced its intention to run state property for the benefit of all communities in Kosovo.
How many police forces have not accepted the Association of Chief Police Officers' police pursuit training document issued in September 1998; and how many are still considering their position.[HL974]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): This is an operational matter for the police service, but I understand from the Association of Chief Police Officers that its Police Pursuit Driving Training report of September 1998 has been accepted in principle by all of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.
The report contained a total of 33 recommendations, a large number of which could have been adopted by individual forces immediately, while others which required progressing at a national level could not. Examples of these include the development of driving simulator technology appropriate to police application (recommendation 21), and the police service is currently working alongside the Police Scientific Development Branch to achieve this goal. Another is where core training courses were to be established (recommendations 11, 12 and 13) and work in this regard is due to be completed by August this year.
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