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Sierra Leone

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral Answer given by the Parliamentary Under—Secretary of State, 11 September 2003, Official Report, columns 169–70WH, which countries and organisations have been approached by the UK Government for additional funding for the UN special court in Sierra Leone. [130909]

The Government has lobbied more than 40 states. These have included EU partners as well as selected Asian, Middle Eastern and African states. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has written in person to his colleagues in 10 states and has put the issue of funding for the Special Court for Sierra Leone on the agenda of the General Affairs and External Relations Council of the EU on 29 September. The Government has also approached the European Commission on this issue.