Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  Thank you for the Explanatory Memorandum dated 20 October 2005 which Sub-Committee C considered at its meeting on 27 October. The Sub-Committee cleared the document from scrutiny.

  We note, however, the limited application of the proposed restrictive measures and hope that further consideration will be given to extending them to those politically responsible for the events in Andizhan in May 2005.

10 November 2005

Letter from Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP to the Chairman

  Thank you for your letter of 10 November asking for further consideration to be given to extending the list of those subject to the EU travel ban in respect of Uzbekistan.

  The conclusions of the 3 October General Affairs and External Relations Council reflected the Council's view that the EU should take firm action against those directly responsible for the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force in Andizhan on 12-13 May, while at the same time keeping the lines of communication with the Uzbek authorities open. The Council has not ruled out future extension of the list of those subject to restrictions on admission. As indicated in the Council conclusions, this matter will be kept under close review.

13 January 2006

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