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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We believe that India and Pakistan should build on both the UN resolutions and the 1972 Simla Agreement in their search for a solution to Kashmir. We continue to encourage both countries to return to bilateral dialogue to find a just and lasting solution acceptable to the people of Kashmir.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We would expect that compliance with international rules and standards would strengthen any country's claim to a new permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The current tensions are a cause for concern. It is in everyone's interest to demonstrate restraint and respect for the line of control. We will continue to convey this message to both Pakistan and India.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Peter Hain, raised the detention of members of the All Party Hurriyat Conference, including Mr. Malik, with the Indian authorities during his visit to India in November last year. Some have since been released. We will continue to make known our concerns about the others, including Mr. Malik.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Article 6 TEU requires the Union to respect fundamental rights as guaranteed by the ECHR. This requirement is binding upon the institutions of the EU, including the Commission.
With two exceptions, the present complement of governors are all serving members of HM Diplomatic Service. The Governor of Bermuda is a former member of the Diplomatic Service. The Governor of Gibraltar worked previously at the Department of Trade and Industry.
The government of each territory makes provision in their budget for the governor and the governor's office. In some cases HMG make additional payments to the level appropriate to senior members of the Diplomatic Service.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We will consider the draft document provided by the convention drafting body on its merits. But the convention has no mandate to decide on the legal status of the charter. This is a matter for heads of government to decide at the Nice European Council in December.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We have learned that, despite earlier announcements, the majority were accused of lesser charges, 10 of 13 defendants are being tried for espionage and that the trail is being held in closed session. We continue to press our deep concern at these developments on the Iranian authorities, in consultation with our EU partners, stressing the need for a transparent and fair trial.
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. Monthly Forecast of EU Business: May 2000 May 2--Brussels--Telecommunications Council 1. Adoption of the agenda. 2. (poss.) Approval of the list of "A" items. 3. Commission communication entitled "The European positions for the World Radiocommunications Conference 2000 (WRC-2000)":
|3-4||Brussels||European Parliament Plenary|
|5-7||San Miguel, Azores||Informal Meeting of Foreign Ministers|
|8||Lisbon||EU/New Zealand Ministerial|
|15-19||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|22-23||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|23||Brussels||Peace Implementation Council|
|25||Brussels||Internal Market Council|
|25-26||Lisbon||EuroMed Foreign Ministers Meeting (Informal)|
|28-30||Evora||Agriculture Council (Informal)|
|29-30||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|6||Luxembourg||Social Affairs Council|
|7||Fiji||ACP/EU Ministerial 8|
|8||Fiji||Signing of post Lome convention|
|13-14||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|13-16||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|19-20||Sta. Maria da Feira||European Council|
|21-23||Cyprus||3rd Euro- Mediterranean Conference of the Ministers of Industry|
|3-7||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|7-8||Paris||Social Affairs Council (Informal)|
|10-11||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|15-16||Paris||Environment Council (Informal)|
|27||Bangkok||ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial|
|28-29||Bangkok||ASEAN Post Ministerial|
|28-29||Arles||Justice & Home Affairs Council (Informal)|
|There are no Councils scheduled for this month.|
|3-5||Biarritz||Agriculture Council (Informal)|
|6||New York||EU/Ukraine Summit|
|9-10||Paris||(tbc) ECOFIN Council (Informal)|
|18-19||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|28||Brussels||Internal Market Council|
|28-29||Marseilles||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|9-10||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|16||Paris||EU/US Ministerial meeting|
|16||Paris||EU/Canada Ministerial meeting|
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