The presidency of the EU issued a statement in reaction to the verdict of the Libyan court on 19 December, reflecting UK concerns about this issue. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not made separate representations to the Government of Libya about this. However, Ministers and senior officials raise the issue regularly with the Libyans and have done so throughout the trial process. I last did so with the Libyan Europe Minister on 28 November.
We remain concerned about the case, which is a tragedy for both the medical staff and the infected children and their families. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue our efforts to encourage a solution to this case leading to the release of the medical staff.