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Central Asia: Heads of Missions

Volume 714: debated on Tuesday 10 November 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government which of the current British ambassadors, deputy heads of missions or charg├ęs d'affaires posted to central Asia have conversational fluency in (a) Azeri, (b) Kazakh, (c) Kyrgyz, (d) Tajik, (e) Turkmen, (f) Uzbek, or (g) Russian. [HL6025]

Current British ambassadors, deputy heads of mission (DHM) and charge d'affaires with fluency in the above languages are HMA Astana, C2 level Russian; HMA Dushanbe, C2 level Russian and DHM Dushanbe, C 1 level Russian.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Foreign and Commonwealth Office heads of missions eligible to serve in central Asia are fluent in (a) Azeri, (b) Kazakh, (c) Kyrgyz, (d) Tajik, (e) Turkmen, (f) Uzbek, and (g) Russian; and where those officials are currently serving. [HL6026]

The number of FCO officials fluent in each language is as follows:

Azeri, 4;

Kazakh, 0;

Kyrgyz, 0;

Turkmen, 0;

Uzbek, 0;

Dari (for Tajik), 2;

Farsi (for Tajik), 12; and

Russian, 99.

The table below gives the location of these officers:

Language

No. of speakers

Current location

Azeri

4

Moscow, Quito, UK (2)

Kazakh

0

Kyrgyz (Kirghiz)

0

Turkmen

0

Uzbek

0

Dari (for Tajik)

2

Kabul, UK

Farsi (for Tajik)

12

Algiers, Ankara, Canberra, Kabul, Kuwait, Tehran, Washington, UK (2), SUPL (2), Outward Loan

Russian

99

Addis Ababa, Astana (3), Baku, Banjul, Beijing, Belgrade (2), Brussels (Emb), Brussels (UKRep), Budapest, Chisinau, Dushanbe, Hamilton, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Istanbul, Kiev, Los Angeles, Maputo, Moscow (15), New Delhi, Oslo, Paris (Emb), Podgorica, Prague, Quito, Riga, Tallinn, Tashkent, Tbilisi (4), The Hague, Tokyo (2), Vienna (Emb), Vienna (OSCE), Vilnius, Washington, Yekaterinburg, Yerevan, UK (30), EOTL (2), SUPL (5), Outward Loan (4)