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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): There have been regular discussions between Israel and the United Kingdom on defence equipment since the lifting of the arms embargo in 1994. For reasons of commercial confidentiality, we are unable to provide details of the companies involved or contracts awarded.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We are closely monitoring the case of Mr. Sanar Yurdatapan as part of our wider concern about freedom of expression in Turkey. Our Embassy in Ankara has raised Mr. Yurdatapan's case with the Turkish authorities. An official plans to attend the trial.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Although we remain convinced that untied aid would be in the best interests of donors and developing countries, the review sets out the arguments in favour of maintaining current aid tying policies. Present policy and practice minimise the potential costs of tying by favouring British goods and services only where these offer value for money. Any move towards unilateral untying would yield few efficiency gains for the development programme and would bring the UK little commercial benefit.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Secretary General's estimate was based on information available to UNOMIL, UNICEF and other agencies working in Liberia. We have asked UNICEF for information on their reintegration programme for child soldiers.
Since 1 November 1996, it has been possible, using a password, to access the complete official records of the United Nations through the Internet connection to the United Nations Optical Disk System. Although access to the service is still restricted to permanent missions and governments of member states, public access is expected to follow around spring 1997.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The resolution tabled by Sri Lanka in 1995 reflected the view that an arms race in outer space presents an imminent danger and that existing international instruments are inadequate. We do not believe this to be the case and do not consider that the negotiation of a new agreement on this subject should be a priority for the international community. In common with EU partners, we therefore abstained in the vote on this resolution.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We are working to secure adoption at Lisbon of a declaration on a Security Model for Europe for the 21st Century. Follow-up work on the declaration is likely to continue thereafter.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The UK has signed but not ratified Protocol 4 to the European Convention on Human Rights. Her Majesty's Government believes that Article 3(2) of the Protocol could conflict with UK immigration and nationality legislation by giving British Dependent Territories Citizens, British Overseas Citizens, British Subjects and British Nationals (Overseas) a right of entry to the UK that they no longer possess.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Government have not ratified Protocol 6 to the European Convention on Human Rights because they believe that the reintroduction of capital punishment for murder and its abolition for the offences for which it is still available is a matter for Parliament to decide.
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