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House of Commons Hansard
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Anti-Semitism: Eastern Europe
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on levels of anti-Semitism in (a) Ukraine, (b) Latvia and (c) Estonia since January 2009; what plans he has to hold further such discussions; and if he will make a statement. [R] [298345]

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We and our EU partners continue to attach high importance to the issue of anti-Semitism. Respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rights of people belonging to minorities in line with international standards are core EU values.

Ukraine must abide by these standards and values if it is to deepen its relationship with the EU. In Ukraine, we have raised our concerns with the authorities and will continue do so whenever necessary.

In Latvia, our embassy in Riga maintains a positive dialogue with the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Jewish community and likeminded partners, focused on the resolution of claims relating to the restitution of Jewish property and the demarcation of Jewish sites.

We are not aware of any current issues in Estonia but continue to work closely with all EU partners to combat all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism.