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Photostream : British Prime Minister David Cameron meets Israeli President Shimon Peres

 

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) meets President of Israel Shimon Peres at 10 Downing Street on March 30, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. President Shimon Peres has spoken out saying Israel "must take advantage of this window of opportunity and end the conflict with Palestinians" so as to help the wave of democratization sweeping the Middle Eastern Arab countries. (Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty Images)

British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) meets President of Israel Shimon Peres at 10 Downing Street on March 30, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. President Shimon Peres has spoken out saying Israel "must take advantage of this window of opportunity and end the conflict with Palestinians" so as to help the wave of democratization sweeping the Middle Eastern Arab countries. (Photo by Andy Rain - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R), speaks with Israel's President Shimon Peres during their meeting at number 10 Downing Street in London March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Andy Rain/pool

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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in World News

 

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Britain does not have duty to intervene in unrest

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London, March 22, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM ) – The majority of British people believe Britain does not have a duty to intervene in Libya, according to a poll unveiled on Monday.

 

As reported by CHINA DAILY on Tuesday, fifty-eight percent say Britain is wrong to intervene in the civil war while only 30 percent say it does have the right, the poll conducted by Metro revealed.

Metro is one of the biggest newspapers in the UK. Every weekday morning some 1.3 million free copies are distributed across the country.

The survey polled 1,596 British urbanites and found that more than half (55 percent) said it would not be in Britain’s interests to use force against the Libya government compared with 29 percent who say it would.

Oliver Blears, a 21-year-old student from the University of Nottingham, told China Daily that the US, Britain and France’s military action against Libya is premature. The Arab League should be the only power to grant the use of military action, not the UN, Blears said.

Instead, blanket economic sanctions and embargos such as the ban on all Libyan oil exports would have been a preferred reaction, Blears added.

However, younger people are more likely to say Britain should take action against Libya, with 37 percent of people aged 18-24 backing intervention. The figure drops to 30 percent of people aged 25-34 and 26 percent of people aged 35-44.

Most of the respondents believe there are circumstances when it is legitimate for British troops to bring down a foreign government. Fifty-six percent think it is legitimate if there are clear human rights abuses, while only 11 percent believe it is never legitimate.

About 53 percent say it should be done when the UN requests military support, and 31 percent agree when allies request support. Just 18 percent say Britain should intervene when its financial interests are threatened.

British Tornado fighters, transporters and spy-planes joined US Stealth Bombers and French Mirage jets into action to stop Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi’s forces attacking the rebel-held city of Benghazi, and to reinforce a UN no-fly zone over the country.

There are particular concerns on the possible use of British ground troops and the doubts over the end game.

As the BBC reported, Downing Street has so far strenuously sought to dampen down any suggestion that there could be “boots on the grounds”, but it has carefully not ruled out the use of special forces.

Gary Li, a former researcher at the UK-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, a leading think tank focusing on international security, told China Daily that the devastating air and sea attack is designed to destroy Gadhafi’s heavy weapon installations and tilt the balance of military power in favor of the rebels. At the same time, the military action will also aim to destroy the morale and confidence of pro-Gadhafi forces, Gary said.

He predicted that there is little possibility that the coalition forces will deploy ground troops in Libya.

“The US is struggling in two war bogs, Iraq and Afghanistan, so it is not possible that US will go into the third war. It can’t get enough political support. The UK and France both do not have enough forces to deploy ground troops in Libya,” Gary said.  (*)

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in World News

 

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Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain stands ‘ready to assist’ Japan

British Prime Minister David Cameron

March 12, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM)  —  Prime Minister David Cameron has sent sincere sympathies to the people of Japan on behalf of everyone in Britain.

Speaking in Brussels on Friday ( 3/10/2011)  Mr. David Cameron said:

“We do not yet know what the full effects of this disaster will be but on behalf of everyone in Britain, I want to send our sympathies and condolences to the people of Japan and to their Government. These are incredibly distressing times and we stand with you.”

He said that, like many others around the world, he had “been shocked at the devastating scale of this earthquake and the tsunami it has triggered.”

Reiterating his offer of support to Japan, the Prime Minister said:

“We have made clear to the Japanese Government that if they need any additional or specialist help then we stand ready to assist.

“And of course the British Embassy in Tokyo, and our network of Embassies around the Pacific region will offer all the support that is needed to any affected British nationals.”

He added that the Government would be keeping its response and support for Japan and the region under close review over the coming days.

The Prime Minister has been in close contact with the Foreign Secretary William Hague who, earlier today, chaired a meeting of the Government’s Emergency Committee, COBR, to review Britain’s contribution to the international response.

Sending his thoughts to the people of Japan, William Hague said that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office is in contact with the Japanese government and are offering all assistance they can as Japan responds to this terrible disaster.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is also working urgently to provide consular assistance to British Nationals in Japan.

Following tsunami warnings across the region British Embassies and Consulates are preparing to provide assistance. Rapid Deployment Teams are ready to travel immediately to the areas of most need.

UK nationals in Japan should contact the British Embassy in Tokyo on +(81) 3 5211 1100 or the Consulate-General in Osaka on +(81) 6 6120 5600.  (*)
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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in World News

 

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British Foreign Secretary : Middle East Peace Process "must not become a casualty of uncertainty in the region"

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague (L) speaks during a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in central London March 8, 2011. Photo: REUTERS/Leon Neal/Pool

March 9, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) —- British Foreign Secretary William Hague discussed the Middle East Peace Process when he met Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in London on 8 March.

Speaking after the meeting Mr. William Hague said:

“It is a huge pleasure to welcome President Abbas to London and to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We have had important discussions about the peace process, our bilateral relations and the situation in the region, which the President will continue with the Prime Minister later this afternoon.

It is a moment of unprecedented change, as we know, in the Middle East, one which combines the immense potential for greater democracy and human development with the risk of instability and violence. It calls for extraordinary efforts by the international community; for radically different thinking about the region; and for bold leadership from governments within it.

And there’s has been a long held view that change in the Middle East would be slow and incremental.

There is an equally long held view that the Middle East Peace Process can limp just along indefinitely.

Both these assumptions have been shattered by the recent convulsions in the region, which have shown that change can happen overnight, that there are vast populations of young people demanding their rights and a say in their government, and that we cannot predict for certain the shape of the Middle East in the years to come.

And the British Government’s message today is that the Peace Process must not become a casualty of uncertainty in the region.

It is too important to be allowed to fail or falter.

Instead, efforts must be redoubled to move the Peace Process forward.

The British government believes that the parties must recommit themselves to negotiations as soon as possible, to do so on the basis of clear principles with international support, and to strive for a breakthrough this year.

There are two reasons for this.

The first is that the risk of conflict is significantly heightened in the absence of a meaningful peace process. We have seen this many times before. The dangerous undercurrents in the region, including the existence of armed groups wedded to violence and young people vulnerable to radicalisation are just some of the forces that could spill out into the vacuum left when there is no credible prospect of negotiated peace on offer.

Second, time is working against the interests of all those who want peace, above all the parties themselves. The changing situation on the ground, in particular the encroachment of settlements on the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the isolation of Gaza and the entrenchment of Palestinian divisions all make a settlement harder to achieve. We should not pretend that this can continue indefinitely without at some stage making a two-state solution impossible. A two state solution is the only lasting hope for sustainable peace and security in the region, but it is possible to foresee that it will have an eventual expiry date if it is not seized now.

I do not underestimate the uncertainty and what it means for those who live with it on their doorstep, above all in Israel which has suffered attack in the past and lived with insecurity for decades.

But we are convinced that there is an inescapable need for both parties to commit to negotiations based on clear principles, and for the United States and the Quartet to set out the parameters for a future settlement.

In our view such a statement should include 1967 borders with equivalent land swaps, appropriate security arrangements for Israelis and Palestinians, a just, fair and agreed solution for refugees and Jerusalem as the capital of both states, so that urgent negotiations can lead to a framework agreement should aim to achieve a framework agreement by September this year as called for by the United States. And I pay tribute to the leadership of President Obama and the tireless efforts of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Envoy Senator Mitchell.

The UK, France and Germany committed themselves to such a statement at the UN on 18th February. We will work in the coming months to seek wider international support for this approach, which I discussed in some detail with President Abbas today.

We also discussed the significant progress that Prime Minister Fayyad and the Palestinian authority have made under the leadership of President Abbas’s to build the foundations of a viable Palestinian state in line with their road map commitments.

So I was pleased to confirm to the President that the UK will join many other nations in upgrading the status of the Palestinian Delegation to London to the level of a Mission. We welcome this positive step in our relations, along with the President’s long standing commitment to a two state solution.

I also welcomed the recent call for Palestinian elections, and I condemn Hamas’s rejection of these. Hamas should not be allowed to stifle the democratic expression of Palestinian opinion.

Finally given that today is also the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, I would like to pay tribute to the many Israeli and Palestinian women who have borne decades of conflict with great dignity and fortitude, and of whom many have worked courageously for peace. It is in the families and young people of every society that hope, optimism and energy for change reside.
With their future hopes in mind, we call on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to seize the moment for a historic peace agreement to match the historic changes in the region, and to provide the lasting peace and security that both peoples deserve. The UK is ready to do all it can to support this endeavour, to make the case for peace and to put forward ideas and proposals to help overcome the obstacles, but above all to support the parties as they take the bold steps that are undoubtedly needed.”   (*)
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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in World News

 

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Photostream : British Prime Minister David Cameron meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) arrives at Downing Street, in central London to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron, on March 8, 2011. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Tuesday that Hamas should not be allowed to "stifle" the democratic expression of Palestinians after the Islamist movement rejected a call for elections. Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in London, Hague welcomed last month's call by the Palestinian leadership for presidential and legislative elections by September. (Photo by CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outside 10 Downing Street, in London March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) is greeted inside 10 Downing Street by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron prior to talks, in London, on March 8, 2011. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Tuesday that Hamas should not be allowed to "stifle" the democratic expression of Palestinians after the Islamist movement rejected a call for elections. (Photo byALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, is greeted inside 10 Downing Street by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron prior to talks, in London, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, pool)

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in World News

 

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague's statement on the centenary of International Women's Day

British Foreign Secretary William Hague

London, March 8, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague has made a statement on the centenary of International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Mr. William Hague said :

“Today we celebrate one hundred years of International Women’s Day.

Much has been achieved in those first one hundred years. But in many parts of the world, women are still campaigning for the rights and opportunities that they were denied in 1911 and are still denied now – the right to work, to vote, to hold public office, to live their lives free of discrimination and to have full access to the education and opportunity which is their birthright. And in some cases their rights have been eroded.

This year the struggle for democratic rights in the Middle East and North Africa is at the forefront of world attention. Many women have been involved in courageous peaceful protest across the region.

The British Government will support all those working to achieve more open societies in the Middle East. We believe this should include a particular emphasis on the economic, political and social empowerment of women.”   (*)

 

 

 

 

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British Foreign Secretary announces upgrading of the Palestinian Delegation to London

British Foreign Minister William Hague

March 8, 20100 (KATAKAMI.COM) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that the UK would join many other countries in upgrading the Palestinian Delegation to London to the level of a Mission.

The upgrade is an acknowledgement of the improvements made by the Palestinian Authority in its state building agenda and their progress against their roadmap commitments, and the extent of UK aid to the Palestinian Authority and the UK’s work with them. Under the upgrade the Delegation Office will be renamed the “Palestinian Mission”. There will also be simplified visa arrangements for members of the mission and other administrative benefits.

Speaking ahead of his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas today, Mr. William Hague said:

“Under President Abbas’ leadership, Prime Minister Fayyad and the Palestinian Authority have made significant progress in building the foundations of a viable Palestinian state in line with their road map commitments. In light of this, and given the extent of our aid to the Palestinian Authority and our work with them, I will today confirm that we will join many other countries in upgrading the status of the Palestinian Delegation to London to the level of a Mission.

The UK continues to support the creation of a sovereign, independent and contiguous Palestinian State alongside a safe and secure Israel at peace with its neighbours. But we also continue to believe that the best way to achieve a lasting solution that delivers this is through a negotiated solution. We want to see an urgent return to negotiations, based on clear parameters including 1967 borders.  We will work with all the parties to press for a decisive breakthrough in 2011. I will discuss these issues with President Abbas today”.   (*)
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