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David Miliband

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Yemen Meeting

Posted 27 January 2010 by David Miliband  |  7 comments
I chaired a meeting today in London on Yemen.  The meeting focussed on a comprehensive approach to the root causes – political, social, economic – of Yemen’s problems.

I was pleased that Ministers of 21 countries and 5 international institutions agreed on a concrete package of measures to help Yemen.  The Chairman’s Statement contains the full details.  

But UK’s interest did not start, and will not finish, with this meeting.  The meeting was a successful step in what will need to be a long road.

David Miliband
27 January 2010
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27 January 2010

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27 January 2010

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EU and US: focussing on working together

Posted 04 November 2008 by David Miliband  |  4 comments

Despite the impression given by some press reports this morning, EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Marseilles agreed our own priorities for joint work with a new US administration, including Middle East Peace Process and Afghanistan/Pakistan. Not a shopping list of asks, still less demands. The focus is on how the transatlantic alliance can work together. And that means Europe living up to its responsibilities. And we have not written an open letter.



David Miliband
04 November 2008
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04 November 2008

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05 November 2008

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European Action 2: Iran

Posted 23 July 2008 by David Miliband  |  4 comments

Ministers in Brussels also agreed to follow up Saturday’s inconclusive meeting with the Iranian nuclear representative with further sanctions on the Iranian regime to implement the articles of UN Resolution 1803, for example putting extra sanctions on the sale of dual use goods to Iran.  The position was simple: we have an obligation to weigh in to make clear to Iran the choice it faces, between engagement in a freeze and then suspension of its nuclear programme with the benefits it brings (including civilian nuclear power), and defiance and go-it-alone which means more sanctions.   Saturday’s meeting gave a two week deadline to the Iranian government to answer the package put to them for engagement and cooperation.  It cannot come soon enough.



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23 July 2008
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23 July 2008

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European Action1: Zimbabwe

Posted 23 July 2008 by David Miliband  |  2 comments

European Foreign Ministers agreed sanctions on travel and finance relating to key members of the Mugabe regime in Brussels this week.  This is intended to make clear continued international determination to balance up the competing forces in Zimbabwe – an opposition which won the parliamentary and presidential elections and a government that has turned on its own people.  In the light of the welcome news of a negotiating process being established in Harare, the need for clear pressure on the regime is increased.  We all want the negotiations to succeed, but no one believes they will unless there is real pressure on the government to recognise the will of the people.



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23 July 2008

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31 July 2008

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Cool Biz

Posted 27 June 2008 by David Miliband  |  2 comments
Former Prime Minister Koizumi apparently issued a diktat that government buildings should be no cooler than 28 degrees - that explains the very informal unbuttoned shirts at the G8 foreign ministers meeting.  Very comfortable it was too.  I gather it is not true that some zealous Japanese civil servants insisted that the former PM meant no more or less than 28 degrees - prompting a rash of central heating on cooler summer days.

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27 June 2008
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01 July 2008

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All eyes on Luxembourg

Posted 16 June 2008 by David Miliband  |  16 comments

EU Foreign Ministers meet in Luxembourg today. There is one unplanned item on the agenda – the rejection by Irish voters of the Lisbon reform Treaty.  We will do our business from Kosovo to Zimbabwe but all eyes and ears will be trained on the next steps on the Treaty. It’s not pretty but it is necessary for the EU to give Ireland first of all time to take stock of how they want to respond to the no vote and what they want to do with their ratification process.  Instant answers are not usually thoughtful answers in this area. It is clear that if the Irish do not ratify the Treaty then the Treaty will not pass into law.

 I don’t understand the argument that the Irish vote means we should abandon our ratification. We need a view. The Irish have said they think we should carry on. I spoke on Saturday to foreign ministers from Sweden, Spain and Holland, all of whom are part way through their ratification process, and all of whom plan to proceed with ratification. Last Wednesday’s debate in the House of Lords included powerful speeches from Lord Howe, Lord Brittan and Lord Patten  about the virtues of parliamentary accountability except in unusual cases of major constitutional change. 

I have not detected a great drive either to exclude the Irish or to enter a new institutional negotiation or to revive an ‘inner core’ of European countries. In fact I have detected a great sucking of teeth; there really was not a plan B in a cupboard. I explored this on the Marr Programme yesterday



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16 June 2008
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16 June 2008

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Dutch Film

Posted 31 March 2008 by David Miliband  |  8 comments
The EU Ministers discussed the film "Fitna", by Dutch MP Geert Wilders, that was released in Holland and which has caused such controversary. I have not seen the film, but it is by advertisement and description deeply anti-Islamic, equating it with murder and violence. I think it is possible to condemn these sentiments without saying that governments should be in the business of banning films: freedom of speech not freedom to incite religious hatred, means that it is for the courts to pass judgement on whether the law has been broken (and therefore the film banned or other sanction imposed), and the rest of us to pass judgement on the contents of the film which seem in this case to be odious.

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31 March 2008
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