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EU: Community Development Fund

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to propose that the European Union should establish a fund for voluntary peaceful community development in areas of tension and dispute, and for third-party mediation and conflict resolution. [HL401]

We do not currently have any plans to propose that the European Union (EU) should establish a fund for voluntary peaceful community development in areas of tension and dispute, or for third-party mediation and conflict resolution.

We are supporting the Commission's plans to look at ways to strengthen EU mediation capacity. We are keen to ensure that the EU intervenes where it can add real value and avoid duplication. The EU is well placed to make a significant and positive contribution to supporting and conducting international mediation efforts and grounding these efforts in a wider EU and international political strategy.