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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We take very seriously any allegation that British-built equipment is being used repressively, even when it was supplied over 30 years ago. The brief clips from the Associated Press showing the Saladins in Ambon do not show them being used oppressively. However, we have asked our embassy in Jakarta to raise the deployment of Saladin with the Indonesian authorities.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Government have decided to introduce a control on individual "bracelet" cuffs having an internal perimeter when fully locked in excess of 165mm and schackles (i.e., including handcuffs) made therewith. This will be made by an amendment to the Export of Goods (Control) Order. Companies wishing to export such equipment will need to apply to the Department of Trade and Industry for an export licence. Such applications will be judged on a case by case basis against the national criteria and those in the EU code of conduct.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Sadly, we have reason to believe that violations of the sanctions against UNITA are continuing. We are aware of reports that UNITA continues to fuel its war effort by selling diamonds, and that such private sales have taken place recently in Libreville, Gabon. We have heard that another private sale may be held in Libreville within the next month. We will be raising these reports urgently with the Gabonese authorities, and urging them to do everything in their power to prevent this illicit trade. We will also be passing this information to the Chairman of the UN Angola Sanctions Committee.
Development work on detailed proposals for the pilot study has identified a number of difficult practical issues. In particular, moves toward a more flexible approach to the operation of the immigration control--including the introduction of new IT systems for issuing visas at posts overseas--have frustrated attempts to design a simple and effective scheme for providing a bond facility for visitors, and for recording their entry to and departure from the UK.
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|2-3||Evian||Foreign Ministers (Informal)|
|3-5||Biarritz||Agriculture Council (Informal)|
|9-10||Versailles||ECOFIN Council (Informal)|
|18-19||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|26 (tbc)||Brussels||Culture Council|
|28||Brussels||Internal Market/Consumer Council|
|28||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|2||Paris||EU/US Ministerial Meeting|
|9-10||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|13-14||Biarritz||European Council (Informal)|
|16-17||Luxembourg||Labour and Social Affairs Council|
|17||Luxembourg||ECOFIN JHA Council|
|30 (tbc)||Paris||EU-Russia Summit|
|3||Brussels||Social Affairs Council|
|5||Brussels||IGC Ministerial Conclave|
|13-14||Marseilles||Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Summit (possible)|
|20-21||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|23||Sochaux||European Conference Ministerial|
|27-28||Brussels||Labour and Social Affairs Council|
|30||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|30||Brussels||Internal Market/Consumers Council|
|29-30||Gaborone||EU/Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministerial|
|1||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|3||Brussels||IGC Ministerial Conclave|
|4-5||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|5||Brussels||Energy and Industry Council|
|18||Not yet known||EU/United States Summit|
|19||Not yet known||EU/Canada Summit|
|12||Brussels||Fisheries Council (possible)|
|29-30||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
The foundation has continued its crucial work in building and strengthening democracy overseas during the last 12 months. In 1999-2000 the foundation managed 656 projects in almost 60 countries, working with political parties, the media, trade unions, local government, legal organisations and human rights, civil society and women's groups.
The foundation received a grant-in-aid of £4 million from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a further £460,734 of earmarked funds for specific projects and £121,669 from corporate supporters and the National Lottery Charities Board.
Most of the foundation's activities were in its priority areas, which are Central and Eastern Europe; the Commonwealth of Independent States and Anglophone Africa. The foundation has also carried out important projects in Asia and the Middle East.
In addition to its core projects, the foundation has provided timely and effective responses to the need for technical assistance in the Balkans, especially in Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia, to take forward work on political and civic development.
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