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International Law

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the remarks by Lord Triesman on 11 December (Official Report, col. 1437), whether the use of force by the European Union, the United Nations or NATO to prevent countries or territories from dividing or amalgamating is permitted under international law. [HL860]

Use of force, whether on behalf of the European Union or the United Nations or by NATO, to prevent countries dividing or amalgamating would be permitted under international law if authorised by a mandatory United Nations Security Council resolution under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.