Select Committee on Liaison Minutes of Evidence

Letter to Mike Gapes MP, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, from the Foreign Secretary, dated 13 December 2007

Dear Mike,

I appeared on 12 December before the Committee to give evidence on Developments in the EU. I also gave evidence on Russia and said the following:

    "It is a sad fact, but I must point out that there are two countries in which the Council is not allowed to operate: Burma and Iran. I hope that the announcement today from the Russia Government does not signal that Russia is taking steps down the road, because that is deeply unwholesome company to be in".

In fact, the Council is represented in Iran and Burma, I apologise for the mistake.

I am copying this letter to the Chairman of the House of Commons Liaison Committee.

David Miliband

Foreign Secretary

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