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The statement calls for a clear commitment from the nuclear weapon states to the speedy, final and total elimination of nuclear weapons. We have made clear our commitment to the global elimination of nuclear weapons. We have taken some important steps towards this goal in the Strategic Defence Review and elsewhere.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: This convention is problematic for the United Kingdom. Many of the rights enshrined in it go far beyond the scope of the UK's existing immigration laws. The Government consider that they have struck the right balance between the need for immigration control and protection of the interests and rights of migrant workers, who already have the protection of the United Kingdom's existing commitments under international law.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: NATO has not discussed any decision by the United States to transfer military equipment to Greece and Turkey. We continue to support fully the efforts of the NATO Secretary General to implement a series of confidence building measures to decrease tensions in the region.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Government fully share the concern of the United States and other international partners that deployment of S300 missiles to Cyprus would exacerbate tension in the region. We have expressed this concern to the Government of Cyprus and shall continue to do so.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation (KEDO) is committed to delivering 500,000 metric tonnes of heavy fuel oil a year to North Korea. Deliveries should be completed by 20 October each year. The 1997 deliveries were completed in January 1998, three months late, at a cost of $64.9 million. The 1998 deliveries are also running behind schedule because of funding difficulties. By the end of July, some 218,000 metric tonnes will have been delivered, at a cost of $21.2 million. The estimated cost of delivering the balance (282,000 metric tonnes) is $28 million. KEDO has not yet secured funds for the 1998 balance and, after receipt of the 1998 EU contribution of 15 million ecu, will still have an outstanding debt of $48 million for 1997 and 1998 deliveries.
In accordance with the agreed framework, the United States, on behalf of KEDO, has taken the lead in arranging funding for the heavy fuel oil deliveries. Of the $171 million total heavy fuel oil costs to date, the United States has contributed some $80 million, while the EU will have paid almost $50 million. President Clinton has recently reiterated the United States' commitment to providing full funding to enable KEDO to meet its commitments for 1998 heavy fuel oil deliveries.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Resolution 1173 imposed a freeze on the funds and financial resources of UNITA, its officials and their immediate families; a ban on most official contacts in Angola with UNITA, a prohibition on the import of diamonds outside the governmental certificate of origin regime; and prohibitions on the sale or supply of equipment which may be used in mining or transportation, and on transportation services.
The remainder of the prohibitions are to be implemented in the UK by the Angola (United Nations Sanctions) Order 1998 and in the Overseas Territories by the Angola (United Nations Sanctions) (Dependent Territories) Order 1998 made on 21 July and laid yesterday. Similar orders have been made to give effect to the resolution in the Crown Dependencies. These orders restrict the sale or supply of certain goods which may be used in mining or transportation and the supply of transportation services, impose a freeze on the funds and financial resources in relation to UNITA and persons connected with UNITA, and, for the Overseas Territories and Channel Islands, restrict the importation of diamonds exported from Angola on or after 1 July 1998. There is provision for medical and humanitarian exceptions.
This calendar is primarily concerned with European Union matters, but certain other relevant events are also included. Events and dates quoted are based on the information available on the date of issue.
|There are no Councils scheduled for this month. September 1998|
|5-6||Salzburg||Foreign Ministers (Informal)|
|7-8||Brussels||Special Committee on Agriculture|
|14-18||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|21||New York||Political Committee|
|19-22||St. Wolfgang, Austria||Agriculture (Informal)|
|24||Brussels||Justice & Home Affairs|
|2-3||Luxembourg||Industry/Research & Technology (Informal)|
|5||Luxembourg||Labour & Social Affairs Council|
|5-6||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|5-9||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|19-23||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|24-25||Innsbruck (t.b.c.)||Meeting of Heads of State/Government (Informal)|
|26-27||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|29-30||Vienna||Justice & Home Affairs (Informal)|
|4-5||Brussels||European Parliament Plenary|
|9||Brussels||Internal Market Council|
|9-10||Brussels||General Afffairs Council|
|16-20||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|20||Brussels||Labour & Social Affairs Council|
|30-1 Dec||Brussels||Transport Council|
|1-2||Brussels||Labour & Social Affairs Council|
|2-3||Brussels||European Parliament Plenary|
|3-4||Brussels||Justice & Home Affairs|
|7-8||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|14-18||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|14||Brussels||Fisheries Council (possible)|
|25-26||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
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