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UN: Banned Weapons

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their assessment of the level of experience and competence of the United Nations teams responsible for investigating examples of the use of banned weapons in the Middle East by any military forces. [HL40]

We have not made any assessment of this. The UK has close contacts with UN agencies working in the Middle East, including in Lebanon, where we believe the UN has played a key role in helping to move forward the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. We have no reason to doubt their competence or experience or that of other UN personnel working on the crucial security issues facing the region.