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Un Resolutions

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the British Government has to sponsor a resolution against (a) Libya, (b) Zimbabwe and (c) Iraq at the UN Commission on Human Rights Session in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17 March; and if he will make a statement. [101802]

The UK is committed to playing an active role in the forthcoming meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights. The UK does not table resolutions at CHR on a national basis. We are currently discussing with EU partners which resolutions the EU will sponsor at this year's CHR. Decisions on EU initiatives at CHR are taken by consensus. At last year's CHR, the EU tabled resolutions on Zimbabwe and Iraq and it is likely the EU will do so again this year. We are discussing with EU partners whether to make reference to Libya at this year's CHR.