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British Foreign Secretary : Middle East Peace Process "must not become a casualty of uncertainty in the region"
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.” (*)
Source : FCO
March 2, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) —- British Foreign Secretary William Hague called on the Iranian authorities to release both men immediately.
“I am deeply concerned by reports that Iranian opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have been moved from their houses, where they have been under house arrest for two weeks, to an Iranian detention centre. I call on the Iranian authorities to release both men immediately.
“I am particularly concerned given the inexcusable calls by Iranian parliamentarians for Mousavi and Karroubi to be executed. The eyes of the world remain on the plight of opposition figures in Iran even as we respond to events elsewhere in the region.
“If confirmed, this is a flagrant breach of Iran’s human rights obligations and shamelessly hypocritical given Iran’s rhetoric about support for peaceful protest in the region. Freedom of expression and assembly are universal and inalienable rights that lie at the heart of progressive societies. We condemn Iran’s continued attempts to repress these rights.”
Source : FCO.GOV.UK
“I condemn the violence and call on the Tunisian authorities to do all they can to resolve the situation peacefully. I am calling for a rapid return to law and order, restraint from all sides, an orderly move towards free and fair elections and an immediate expansion of political freedoms in Tunisia.
Our Embassy in Tunis is providing help and assistance to the UK citizens affected. Britons worried about travel to Tunisia should check the FCO’s travel advice, which is kept under constant review.
Our advice to concerned British Nationals is to follow developments closely and stay in touch with their tour operator. They should respect advice or instructions given by the local security authorities and tour operators and avoid rallies and demonstrations.” (*)
Jan 14 (KATAKAMI.COM / THE AGE.COM.AU) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague says his nation has neglected its relationship with Australia during the past two decades.
Mr Hague will join UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox, as well as Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith, in Sydney next Tuesday for the third Australia-UK ministerial talks, known as AUKMIN.
It will be the first visit to Australia by British cabinet ministers since David Cameron’s government took office in May.
Mr Hague said on his video blog Britain needed a strong relationship with “dynamic economies” such as Australia and New Zealand, which will host the two ministers late next week.
But the previous Blair and Brown Labor governments had neglected the relationship, with the last foreign secretary to visit being Douglas Hurd in 1994.
“I will be the first (British) foreign secretary for nearly 20 years to go to Australia,” Mr Hague said.
“So I think there has been a little bit of ministerial neglect that we are going to put right.”
Mr Hague said his top priority was the mission in Afghanistan, which involves 9500 British and 1550 Australian troops.
“Right at the top of the list is our work in Afghanistan to improve security and hopefully to bring to Afghan leadership a political process alongside the military work to bring lasting security and stability,” he said.
The talks also will focus on three other issues: changing power dynamics in Asia, particularly China; strategic cooperation, including intelligence sharing, cyberspace and the relationship with the US; and global counter-terrorism.
There is also expected to be a discussion over lunch on national security structures, the Middle East and Iran and nuclear proliferation.
The meeting is not expected to approve a new cooperation treaty but a number of defence documents will be signed, sources close to the talks say.
It will be the first AUKMIN to be held in Australia, with the previous one held in Leeds in November 2008. (*)