Baroness Warsi: My Lords, the UK high commissioner to Nairobi raised the prospect of a settlement with senior members of the Kenyan Government in April and May, highlighting our wish to promote reconciliation. This included discussion with President Kenyatta during his introductory meeting on 30 April and with Foreign Secretary Mohamed on 30 May.
Baroness Warsi: My Lords, the EU Foreign Affairs Council discussed the situation in Gaza on 10 December 2012. In addition, officials from the UK representative to the EU and our consulate-general in Jerusalem regularly discuss the situation in Gaza with their European counterparts. Those discussions cover the security and human rights of Palestinians living […]
Baroness Warsi: The agricultural district of Salfit continues to face health and environmental problems as a result of the effects of sewage from nearby Israeli settlements, most notably Barkan and Ariel settlements. We continue to raise our concerns about the impact of settlements on Palestinian communities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem with the Israe […]
Hugo Swire: ...Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), and the Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my noble Friend, the right hon. Baroness Warsi, met with this group of Ministers to extend our support. We also hosted a visit by representatives of the ethnic groups in May, when the Minister of St […]
Baroness Warsi: It would be wrong for me to speculate as to what offer may be made by the Iranians and how the US would respond in relation to that. However, I can assure the noble Lord that the E3+3 negotiations have been held in an open and frank manner. A number of matters are on the table. I am not sure what the current conditions are in relation to thos […]
Baroness Warsi: We continue to raise our serious concerns about reports of a reintroduction of a two-child policy for Rohingya communities with the Burmese government, citing the human rights obligations to which the country has signed up. The Minister of State for trade and investment, my noble Friend Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, made these points in Naypy […]
Baroness Warsi: According to a Rakhine State government spokesperson, a district order enforcing a two-child limit for families in Northern Rakhine State was re-imposed in mid-May. De facto restrictions on the rights of Rohingya to marry and give birth have been in place since the 1990s or earlier. A specific regulation was first introduced in Northern Rakhi […]
Baroness Warsi: The Government has made no formal assessment of the impact on Rohingya women of the reported two-child policy. However we understand that since at least 2005, children in Northern Rakhine State born to unmarried parents, or to families with more than two children, have been considered ‘illegal'. Where discovered, the authorities have pla […]
Baroness Warsi: The issue of Israeli settlement construction and demolition of Palestinian homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is a subject of active discussion with our EU partners. The EU remains deeply concerned by continued settlement construction, which threatens the viability of the two-state solution. The Secretary of State for Foreign and C […]
Baroness Warsi: The Luxembourg Compromise is a convention which has not been formalised and the procedure for invoking it is not defined. However, it remains in place following the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty.