|Previous Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|
(1) not to engage in nuclear-capable or other threatening exercises in the vicinity of non-nuclear signatories; and
(2) to prevent the making of unlawful threats in relation to a country's nuclear power plant.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: NATO has taken no formal position on the Turkish invasion of northern Iraq. We are watching the situation in the region with concern. We and our EU partners continue to press at the highest level for the Turks to withdraw their troops at the earliest opportunity.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: China is a nuclear-weapon state party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Each nuclear-weapon state party to the Treaty undertakes 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.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We understand that these issues are being addressed in discussions between the US and the North Koreans. Their resolution is a matter for the parties concerned, including the Republic of Korea.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Unified United Nations Command, which was established in 1950, remains legally in existence. Its prime purpose is to oversee the 1953 Armistice Agreement on behalf of the United Nations. It was to this Command that 16 members of the United Nations, including the UK, sent forces in 1950 to repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea. The Command has no forces of its own; should it require them, it would in the first instance draw on those of the US-Republic of Korea Combined Forces Command, which was established in 1978.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and as one of the countries which contributed to UN forces in Korea during and after the Korean war, the United Kingdom has a continuing interest in the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula. The Republic of Korea should be involved in any negotiations towards achieving a peaceful settlement in the Korean Peninsula.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have made it clear on many occasions that we do not support any population activities in which there is an element of coercion of individuals to practice family planning or to accept any particular type of fertility regulation procedure. I refer my noble friend to my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary's observations on a number of petitions presented before the other place about the UK's support for the United Nations Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation activities in China. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We do not know whether such figures are available. However, we will seek to obtainthrough international organisations, and the British Embassy in Pekingsuch information as the Chinese Government is prepared to provide.
Whether they will ask the Government of the People's Republic of China why none of the provincial family planning regulations adopted since 1979 warns against coercion or specifies penalties for officials guilty of coercion.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We use all channels available to us in our attempts to influence Chinese population policies so that they promote children by choice, not chance, and encourage the Chinese authorities to reflect this approach in their directives and regulations.
Back to Table of Contents
Lords Hansard Home Page