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Volume 670: debated on Monday 14 March 2005

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Following the visit by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Bill Rammell, to Peru in December 2004, in what ways (a) Peru will be enabled to move further towards remedying the ills inflicted by the internal conflict during the 1980s and 1990s; and (b) co-operation between the United Kingdom and Peru on eliminating the trafficking of narcotics from Colombia has been enhanced. (HL1533]

During his recent visit to Peru, my honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Bill Rammell) raised the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and emphasised the support that the British Government have given to it, along with human rights projects more generally. He also expressed our strong interest in working closely with the Peruvians to counter drug trafficking.It is clear that the implementation of many of the TRC recommendations present the Peruvian Government with logistical and resource difficulties. Nevertheless, President Toledo has shown support to the TRC and confirmed that his Government are providing collective reparation through a social and infrastructure investment programme in the areas worst affected by the internal conflict.We work closely with the Peruvian authorities on counter-narcotics activities with whom we have excellent co-operation.