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Dr. Howells: The UK's objective for the NPT review conference was to achieve a substantive outcome that strengthened the treaty. Regrettably, failure by states parties to agree an agenda meant there was not enough time to negotiate a substantive final document. Even so, the conference was able to discuss practical ways to strengthen the non-proliferation regime. We will take forward these ideas wherever we can over the coming months.
14. Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the support provided by international organisations for the African Union in Darfur. 
Ian Pearson: NATO, the EU and the UN are working closely together to provide co-ordinated and complementary assistance to the African Union mission in Darfur. We continue to play a leading role in supporting the African Union mission, and are in close contact with all three organisations on this issue.
Dr. Howells: There have been some encouraging signs, including increased contact between the parties and a substantial reduction of violence. The situation is fragile, but we will work with the parties and international partners to maintain the momentum of progress. We will continue to work towards progress on the Roadmap.
Dr. Howells: Israeli disengagement from Gaza and part of the West Bank is due to start in mid-August. Disengagement is an important step. Withdrawal should be as full as possible and co-ordinated with the Palestinians. And we encourage the Palestinian Authority to make the most of this opportunity. We welcome the work of James Wolfensohn as the Quartet's representative on disengagement.
Dr. Howells: The UK remains committed to progress on the Roadmap. We welcome disengagement as an important first step. We are working with the parties and the international community in order to maximise the benefits of disengagement and keep up the momentum of recent progress. In doing so we support the work of US security co-ordinator General Ward and the Quartet's disengagement representative James Wolfensohn.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer on 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 136W, on Hamas, on what date (a) officials and (b) representatives in the region advised him to authorise contacts with members of Hamas. 
Dr. Howells: Circumstances in the occupied territories changed last December when members of Hamas, who had previously boycotted the democratic process, participated in, and were elected in. local elections. Discussions with officials and representatives in the region since this time led to the authorisation of some low-level contacts with elected representatives. No further meetings are currently planned.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer on 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 136W, on Hamas, on what dates he has held discussions with (a) Israel and (b) the Palestinian authority concerning meetings between his officials and members of Hamas; and if he will make a statement. 
The Secretary of State discussed Iraq's constitutional process with the members of the Iraqi Government, the National Assembly, and other political groups when he accompanied the EU Troika to Baghdad on 9 June.
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I had discussions yesterday with representatives from the Iraqi Islamic Party on the constitution process and they told me that they will be examining the question of choosing 15 additional Sunni members to be added to the Constitutional Committee (that is drafting the new constitution) and the 10 Sunni advisors to that Committee.
Mr. Douglas Alexander: The EU agreed at the European Council in December 2004 to open accession negotiations with Turkey on 3 October 2005 provided that Turkey brought into force six pieces of outstanding legislation and signed the Protocol extending the Ankara Agreement to the 10 new member states.
Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the Netherlands and France voting against the EU Constitution on the prospect for the accession of Turkey to the EU. 
The December 2004 European Council agreed to open accession negotiations with Turkey on 3 October 2005 provided that Turkey brought into force six pieces of outstanding legislation and signed the Protocol extending the Ankara Agreement to the 10 new member states. The position is therefore clear. Provided it meets the conditions, accession negotiations with Turkey should open on 3 October.
Embassies opened in Pyongyang and London after the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the UK and the DPRK in December 2000. Our relationship with the DPRK is one of constructive engagement. We take every opportunity to make clear our views on issues of international concern, notably the DPRK's nuclear weapons programme and widespread reports of human rights abuses.
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22. Mr. Lindsay Hoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations between the Falkland Islands Government and the Argentinian Government. 
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