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Colombia: Uranium

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports his Department has received of claims that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were planning to be involved in or were involved in black market transactions of uranium; what assessment he has made of such claims; and if he will make a statement; (199205)

(2) what reports his Department has received of claims by the Colombian Government of a uranium seizure on 26 March 2008; what assessment he has made of such claims; and if he will make a statement.

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) have been seeking to obtain uranium. We are also aware of the recent reporting on this matter, including the Colombian military's capture of uranium, in the international press. We would be greatly concerned if the FARC, a terrorist organisation proscribed by the EU, were involved in the procurement of radioactive material. We will monitor this situation closely.