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Colombia: Radioactive Materials

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of recent claims by the Government of Colombia alleging the intention of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to produce a radioactive explosive; and if he will make a statement. (192975)

We are aware of the Colombian Government's statement that they have come into the possession of information suggesting that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has been seeking to obtain uranium. It would be a great concern if the FARC, a terrorist organisation proscribed by the EU, was involved in the procurement of radioactive material. We will monitor this situation closely.