A very Serious International Crisis might arise at any moment there, as in the Near East, and it is important that the admiral there should carry the weight of a senior position.
If that view be taken, if precedents of that kind are to be established, then we have in the League of Nations no effectual instrument for dealing with a Grave International Crisis.
If they do that, the country will thank them for the way in which they have brought it through This International Crisis.
That means that it is not the internal weakness of this country which causes us anxiety with regard to the balance of trade, however much our industries may need reorganisation, nearly so much as the invisible exports which are hit by the International Crisis and which nothing can help but a revival of world trade.
The company's statement points out that the International Crisis has changed the whole financial background and made continued use of this type of finance less easy than formerly.
There are two other matters that give me great concern as to whether the Government are really in earnest, The first is that, in the midst of This International Crisis, they are plunging into a general election; and the second is that they appear to be seeking the occasion of this dispute to go in for a huge armaments programme.
But I believe it will be a majority"— and I would ask the attention of the Minister for League Affairs to this, because his name is mentioned— "with a very definite mandate, not for intensifying the International Crisis, but for putting the brake on Mr. Eden's activities at Geneva and getting out of the present entanglement as best we can.
In 380 dealing with the International Crisis I am anxious not to embarrass the Government.
All I would say is that I think the last meeting of the Assembly of the League of Nations was very encouraging, because in the midst of a Great International Crisis they devoted three days to the discussion of this problem of under-nourishment, and of increasing consumption throughout the world.
The electors did not feel inclined, at a moment of Grave International Crisis, to entrust the destinies of this country to a party which on that issue was split from top to bottom.
Let him realise that it is his bounden duty to take a, hand in this business immediately and that it is necessary for him to be just as careful that he does not make any mistake in judgment as he would be in an International Crisis.
Prime Minister whether he will consider the advisability of calling a conference of the leaders of parties to see whether, in view 1554 of the International Crisis, it would be possible to secure national support on the widest possible front for an armaments policy that was closely linked up with a system of collective security, in which each country made an agreed and co-ordinated contribution on specific undertakings?
I feel in this moment of Acute International Crisis that upon this one issue there is a good chance of securing national unity; that issue is the degree of strength which Great Britain should present to the world outside.
If there were a Great International Crisis, or difficulty in any part of the Empire, the Government would have no difficulty in finding a day.
The newspapers in each succeeding International Crisis tell us of the terrible things that are going to happen, but they do not happen.
We beg them to consider that we are in a Grave International Crisis.
To my mind, that was a shining example of what, I believe, is one of the main purposes of the League, and that is to achieve delay in an International Crisis.
I am not one of those who believe that war is in any way imminent, although I fear that the world is in danger of drifting into some kind of International Crisis.
The events of the last few days exemplify all over again the painful truth that this country is never ready for Any International Crisis, no matter how plainly its approach has been announced.
Is it not the first time in the history of the League that there has been an International Crisis and no Council has been called together, and is that because the Government are no longer interested in the League?
because of the brutal invasion of Austria, which had been long prepared and which was suddenly carried out for the reason that the vast majority of Austrians were about to vote against incorporation in the Reich; because that invasion had thrown the world into an International Crisis and everybody believed that a new statement of British foreign policy was required.
Because two weeks ago this House and the nation felt that they had come very near to war; because of the brutal invasion of Austria, which had been long prepared and which was suddenly carried out for the reason that the vast majority of Austrians were about to vote against incorporation in the Reich; because that invasion had thrown the world into an International Crisis and everybody believed that a new statement of British foreign policy was required.
There was an occasion before the War, in 1914, when the Army in this country was believed to be arrogating to itself the right to take independent action; and it is rather remarkable to observe that that was on the eve of a Great International Crisis, and it probably was one of the factors which gave to foreign countries the idea that we were not so strong as we appeared and that there was a dangerous weakness in the free constitutional system of this country.
Captain Plugge asked the Prime Minister whether, to clear up existing obscurities, he proposes to publish any document or other evidence dealing with the position of the Soviet Government in connection with the International Crisis over Czechoslovakia?
asked the Prime Minister whether, to clear up existing obscurities, he proposes to publish any document or other evidence dealing with the position of the Soviet Government in connection with the International Crisis over Czechoslovakia?
When the House last met, we had a prolonged discussion on foreign affairs and we reviewed the circumstances which led up to the International Crisis.
A recent issue of the "Eastbourne Herald" said:Among the many distracting features of the Recent International Crisis, none caused greater consternation among a large number of Eastbourne people than the prospect of 30,000 refugees - children and adults - from the congested areas of London being billeted upon the householders of the town.
Sir J. Simon: It is estimated that the cost to the Exchequer of the special measures directly attributable to the Recent International Crisis will be in the neighbourhood of £5,500,000, in addition to the £10,000,000 credit to Czechoslovakia.
International Crisis, method of deciding differences,  311.
International Crisis, position of Soviet Government,  309.
Czechoslovakia, International Crisis, Soviet Government's position,  309.
Then there came the International Crisis, which had a bad effect on trade, but again the latest figures seem to show another check to the recession; and I for one see no reason why we should not have improved opportunities of employment in front of us.
Mr. T. Morris asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the periodic broadcasting of information on British affairs and British policy to Europe in general so as to avoid the disadvantages of the inadequate knowledge of the subject which was especially manifest during the Recent International Crisis?
Certain modifications were found necessary in the Albatross landplane, and the completion of the new Empire Flying Boat was delayed owing to urgent Service requirements arising out of the International Crisis.
asked the Secretary of State for War the number of specific cases in which civilians called up for any branch of Army work at the time of the Recent International Crisis have not been reinstated in their positions; and whether in every case he has made representations to the firm concerned?
It is a tragic irony that the passing of the Recent International Crisis meant for many men who had been called back to work a return to unemployment.
If the Recent International Crisis had developed, the cry would have gone out to the people in these areas: "Your country needs you".
Here is a report from a hospital not very far from London:Since the passing of the International Crisis my committe9 have been reviewing the resources of the hospital in the event of a similar crisis occurring in the future, and they feel rather unhappy about the haphazard instructions which were received from time to time regarding the Ministry of Health's accommodation requirements.
In view of the public concern which has followed the publication of Mr. Pirow's statement yesterday that Europe was drifting towards war, and that in the spring there might be a very Serious International Crisis, will His Majesty's Government consult with Mr. Pirow as to the substance of that statement with a view to a public statement being made at an early date?
Captain Plugge asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can state the names of those firms which did not reinstate the reservists who were called up in this country on the occasion of the Recent International Crisis?
Mr. A. Henderson asked the Postmaster-General whether the additional news service, provided by Reuters at the time of the Recent International Crisis, is to be permanently maintained or to be of temporary duration only?
Of the detailed allegations made against Mr. Keeling by the hon. Member's correspondent perhaps the most serious was that the Consul-General had deliberately absented himself from his post during the Recent International Crisis.
Captain Peter Macdonald asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will consider the desirability of obtaining from the Governors of the different British Colonies a report upon the defence measures and their adequacy or inadequacy in the Recent International Crisis?
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will consider the desirability of obtaining from the Governors of the different British Colonies a report upon the defence measures and their adequacy or inadequacy in the Recent International Crisis?
-Commander Fletcher: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will now state the total amount of the payments made by His Majesty's Gov- 783 ernment to Reuters News Agency during the International Crisis last September?
In connection with This Terrible International Crisis, if hon. Members or other people are called upon to do work in speaking, I hope that the expenses allowed by the Government will be reasonable and fair.
We are not unaware in these days of International Crisis that these domestic questions may be somewhat overshadowed, and at the same time we realise that the House and the country require all the patriotism that can be shown.
We shall do everything possible to facilitate the passage of this Bill at the earliest possible moment, and I hope the Government, in all their dealings with This Grave International Crisis, will show the same spirit of action and resolution as they have in this case.
But even in these days of Grave International Crisis and of a foreign policy that certainly does reflect itself in the domestic conditions of the people of this country, I think the House of Commons should grasp every opportunity of dealing with a very difficult and grave problem that exists within our own bounds, namely, the problem of unemployment.
I wonder if the right hon. Gentleman can tell us whether anything has been done, or if it is one of those issues which in the International Crisis has been thrown aside?
But I do not think the basic capital charge for all that would be beyond what the Government ought to be able to support, in view of the Urgent International Crisis through which we are living.
Some of my hon. Friends view the matter in a much graver sense in the Present International Crisis, but I do not want the Chancellor of the Exchequer to put too little value on the loyalty of those hon. Members who have signed the Amendment.
His Majesty's Government have concurred in the principle that the International Labour Organisation should endeavour to function as completely as possible if an International Crisis should intervene and even if such a crisis should unfortunately develop into war.
We have been living under the shadow of a Great International Crisis, there has been no reality in the stock markets at all.
International Labour Organisation, functioning in event of International Crisis, 1468.
International Labour Organisation, functioning of, in event of International Crisis and war, attitude of His Majesty's Government, 1468–9.
At about this time last year there was developing an International Crisis.
My hon. Friend the Member for Denbigh (Sir H. Morris-Jones) adverted to the fact that time had been given to this Bill at a period of International Crisis.
but I cannot help feeling that in some parts of the country there will be regret that at this moment of International Crisis Parliament should more or less take a holiday.
Let nobody imagine that things are easier, and that we go away in a happy and irresponsible state; but I cannot help feeling that in some parts of the country there will be regret that at this moment of International Crisis Parliament should more or less take a holiday.
On the 25th August, as a result of nervousness among bank depositors caused by the International Crisis, there was a general run on the banks in Tel Aviv, and heavy withdrawals also took place in Haifa and Jerusalem.
But in this country we were going towards a different goal, and our industries were not organised upon a basis that at any moment we might be faced with an International Crisis when this country might have to turn all its energies towards war.
Three times in my own short lifetime there has been a gathering together in a common cause of these great three Dominions, in 1914 in the International Crisis, the economic crisis of 1929-31, and the recent war.
I am referring to the International Crisis which is already developing in the world before our eyes, and which may easily overtake the present economic crisis.
That in Germany lies the key to the solution of the Present International Crisis is, of course, clear for all to see.
Let us suppose there was good reason to believe that the premises of a particular consulate of a foreign Power subscribing to this Convention were being used for an improper purpose, perhaps at a time of Great International Crisis.
I think that even hon. Gentlemen opposite, if they consider the ordinary occasion apart from times of International Crisis and the like to which we are so used, would agree that that is putting an undue strain on the powers of holiday making of the people of this island.
I want to see a greater initiative from the British Government in the Present International Crisis.
Would not the Present International Crisis be a good opportunity for starting afresh?
The outside world, and especially the United States, has been much shocked by the Government's decision, in this time of International Crisis, to put into effect the nationalisation of iron and steel at the earliest date permitted by the Act instead of the latest.
It provides the raw materials for baskets which, particularly in the event of an International Crisis, would become extremely important having regard to the provision of panniers for the Royal Air Force, and so forth.
That is almost criminal negligence on the part of the Government at this time of Grave International Crisis, and for that fact alone they are deserving of the most severe censure of this House and of the people of this country.
In the event of Another International Crisis arising, the docks and harbours of Wales will again be of great strategic importance.
Secondly, the Government have been provided with everything for which it is reasonable to ask from an Opposition in a time of International Crisis.
It may be possible, and no doubt is possible and comparatively easy, for British and French forces to subdue Egypt - nobody ever doubted that - but do hon. Members not reflect in their hearts that the implications of this defiance of the Resolution of the Assembly mean that in future that Assembly can never hope to cope with Any International Crisis again?
I am conscious, of course, that in times of International Crisis, and faced as we are by momentous events in Egypt, and, indeed, in the world generally, it is somewhat difficult to deal with home affairs, but nevertheless we are in this country today faced with very serious domestic problems, not the least of which are those of the lower income groups, the pensioners, to whom my hon. Friend the Member for Ince (Mr. T. Brown) referred, the retirement pensioners, the industrially disabled, the disabled ex-Servicemen, the widows, the sick, and all those other sections of the community who are, in one way or another, receiving benefits from the State.
Does not the Present International Crisis reveal how important British Railways are in the event of an interruption of our oil supply?
We are discussing a very important subject which does not always demand the same attention as an International Crisis.
We have to imagine that in a period of International Crisis the whole radar defence of Great Britain will be set in action.
May I rise on a point of order, Mr. Speaker, and ask your guidance whether I should be in order in moving the suspension of Standing Orders with a view to obtaining an immediate statement from the Prime Minister on the International Crisis.
It might be thought rather odd that the House of Commons, in the middle of a Great International Crisis and on the eve of the Summer Recess, when business is normally congested, should spend two separate nights discussing education.
I was going on to say - I hope that this will be in order - that if the Finance Bill had provided for a deficit, and were not an honest attempt to meet the expenditure which has been increased, it would undoubtedly have the effect of bringing about inflation at home, with all the social injustice that that results in, and the danger of International Crisis, such as we have had on so many occasions in the past when the Finance Bill of the spring has been insufficiently severe and it has been necessary for emergency measures to be taken in the autumn.
In the event of there being an International Crisis during the period between now and 25th October which makes it necessary to recall Parliament, and for a statement to be made by the Foreign Secretary, may we have an assurance that this House will be recalled as well as the House of Lords?
He seems to be a Foreign Secretary without the talents for the post, and in an International Crisis, like a schoolboy of 14, barks political asperities which achieve nothing but take everything from the atmosphere which would make a settlement possible.
Is it to go out of this Committee that in a Serious International Crisis one of the great contributions of the British Government is to introduce this Bill, with the object of saving the situation in Berlin?
We must also bear in mind that if we were relying, in any part of the world, but particularly in other parts of the world than Europe, upon getting the backing of the United States for any steps which we might consider necessary to take, the very fact that the United States stood behind us would enlarge the diplomatic difficulty in which we were then involved into a Major International Crisis, and it would be impossible to avoid the confrontation ofmassive forces and would make virtually impossible the conduct of what might otherwise be quite small operations.
Perhaps while on the subject of the Navy I might be permitted to reflect on the extraordinary fact that, with all the naval resources available to us, it was not possible to get the Foreign Secretary off the Island of Mull at a time of Grave International Crisis; so grave that the Prime Minister told his constituents that we were within an ace not merely of a general conflagration in Cyprus but of war between Greece and Turkey, two N.A.T.O.
They are on the way out and nothing but an International Crisis can save them.
If at this moment this country were facing a Grave International Crisis, or if there were a national emergency, I am quite certain that the ingenuity of the Government would be sufficient to deal with it, no matter what it might be.
Indeed, I think that that Answer, in terms of sheer stonewalling, would have done credit to the Foreign Office at the height of a Difficult International Crisis.
It enhances the standing of the House that at a time of International Crisis like this we should be able to debate as fully as we are doing the situation in Vietnam, and I hope that the change of programme which we saw this week will be a precedent for similar situations in the future.
That is to ask the Chancellor whether he is satisfied that he has done everything in his power in this country to face the possibility of This International Crisis.
It is reported that the King himself and many officers senior to those who organised the coup with such efficiency were caught in it because they thought that an International Crisis had arisen and that under the Alliance arrangements they ought to fall in with what was being done.
Peace is essentially indivisible, because of the constant threat of the escalation of Any International Crisis.
I start, as did the Chancellor, with the International Crisis that ended with the Washington communiqué.
Now on top of all those other burdens we have This International Crisis.
We have time after time advanced the argument that if this country relies too much on non-indigenous fuel, and allows it in in great abundance, then at a time of International Crisis industry in this country can come to a standstill.
Only in exceptional circumstances could there be banking days on which banks are not open - situations of International Crisis, which happily do not occur very often.
Clearly any Soviet intervention directly or indirectly affecting the situation in Europe or in the Mediterranean would create an International Crisis with grave consequences.
He announced that the measures were prepared before the International Crisis and had nothing whatever to do with the Bonn meeting.
There have been in this debate speeches in which hon. Members have tried to blame the Labour Government for the International Crisis.
Their attempts to blame any one Government - whether it be that of Germany, France, Great Britain or any other - for an International Crisis cuts no ice with the electorate.
Again, we have an International Crisis.
Will the Prime Minister suggest to the hon. Gentleman that he restrain the Leader of the Opposition from undermining confidence by seeking to exploit a Grave International Crisis for Tory Party ends?
It would rank as an International Crisis among the great Powers.
Of course we had a large Navy, but I think that it was Bismark, who, when asked during an International Crisis, "What would happen if the British landed an army in Europe"?
Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the principal causes of the lack of sufficient industrial investment in this country and of unemployment is the continuing International Crisis and that it is, therefore, the major priority of the Government to ensure that the surcharge and other American measures are lifted?
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied about This Grave International Crisis, in which so far this country has said precisely nothing?
This is the Queen's First Minister, the man who, if this country were faced with a Grave International Crisis that called for an immediate response, would have his finger on the trigger, the man who can blow his top, grab a phone and make a call to Tokyo.
There is probably not a single Arab bank and certainly not a single Arab country which has not made huge overall losses as a result of This Recent International Crisis.
Fundamentally I believe it to be a proper rule of thumb that in Any International Crisis Britain should clearly and calmly assess where her real interests lie.
We are in the middle of a Major International Crisis, and my right hon. Friend has rightly tried to draw attention to international circumstances and to the international nature of the crisis.
I think that is right because for the last two days we have been discussing nothing less than the future of British industry at a time of looming International Crisis.
The House has a right to know, because we are not only living on borrowed money but are in a most precarious situation, in which the gusts and eddies of International Crisis could blow us over the edge at any moment.
But most of all they ignored a cardinal rule of International Crisis management.
The industry has suffered the Worst International Crisis for nearly half a century.
So far our shipbuilding industry has weathered the International Crisis remarkably well.
We are facing a Major International Crisis caused mainly, I believe, by a deficiency of demand on a world scale.
Is it not obvious that this unemployment is due entirely to the International Crisis and that the electors of Hamilton and Garscadden have given a definite answer to the Opposition in the last few months?
Our people realise this and now know what difficulties we face in the context of an International Crisis that cannot be brushed aside as if it were irrelevant.
We have to try to find some way in which one can provide an exemption to people when there is a major issue - an International Crisis or a major issue in this country.
I believe that there is agreement throughout the House that we face an extremely Grave International Crisis.
It has not been published, for the simple reason that it was produced for distribution at a time of Grave International Crisis when war seemed imminent, and it was calculated that it would have the greatest impact if distributed then.
In the interview, Medvedev is asked by Zucconi:Apropos of International Crisis, Medvedev, what do you think of the Olympic boycott?
They will become increasingly important in view of the shift of the International Crisis to the Indian Ocean.
I suggest, respectfully, that the business before the House today and tomorrow cannot rank in importance with This Grave International Crisis.
I know the historical reasons for that, but if tomorrow there were an International Crisis and Japan's integrity were threatened, we in the West would not allow Japan to fall.
The regional problems of Wales are not just linked to those of the United Kingdom, but are part of an International Crisis of unevenly developed regions.
It was the middle of an International Crisis.
I hope that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister realises that she will have the fortification that a previous Conservative Prime Minister at a time of Grave International Crisis did not have.
In the April debate, some of us took the view that because the country was in the middle of an International Crisis we should not vote.
There is an International Crisis at present because of the price of oil, but bankers in the Western world have been willing to recycle huge sums of money that have beenrushed round the world and lent on a short-term basis for long-term projects.
The first draft of the regulations required local authorities to prepare evacuation plans in case the Government decided in future that a national evacuation scheme was made necessary by an International Crisis.
Would the right hon. Gentleman he good enough to tell the House how, in the event of the unions breaching that agreement at a moment of International Crisis, the Government could enforce that agreement?
In its 1983 report the bank stresses clearly the International Crisis and the context of that crisis in handicapping its operations and lending.
If we were faced with an International Crisis with a potential shortage of oil, I cannot see that we would be in danger of losing the supply because it has to be landed here anyway.
I hope that, at that meeting, there will be an attempt to achieve some stability in what is an International Crisis.
The IMF conditions imposed on debtor countries are unacceptable because they burden those countries with the whole weight of the International Crisis, determining a breakdown in the structures of those economies which are forced to pay exorbitant interest rates.
I hope that, before the guillotine falls and we all leave this place, harmed and hurt, the Minister will resolve not to create an International Crisis, as his colleague the Under-Secretary of State tried to do with the last group of amendments.
Anyconsequent savings may be cosmetic, but the loss of aircrew in a constant state of operational readiness would be catastrophic during an International Crisis.
Basically, the Chancellor said that they should be put in the dunce's corner until they had sorted out their problems and that no international action should be taken to deal with an International Crisis until the Americans had sorted themselves out.
When there is an International Crisis, for instance, views on the matter have to be ventilated - not arguments made.
20, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely,the escalating International Crisis arising from the publication of the book 'The Satanic Verses'.
20, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that he thinks should have urgent consideration, namely,the escalating International Crisis arising from the.
Secondly, we want to know why a Major International Crisis is being directed by the Home Office on to one borough and what resources it intends to provide local churches, community groups, the Kurdish Workers Association and Hackevi to deal with this major emergency.
There will be far less tension and less possibility of an incident triggering an International Crisis that could threaten international security and world peace.
By any standards, the situation is daunting and tragic, and it fully deserves the label, so over-used in another context, of a Major International Crisis.
I am very glad that we have had this debate, because it allows me, on behalf of the Government, to express our clear view of the importance of the United Nations in handling This Major International Crisis.
The United Nations has never in its history spoken with such unequivocal authority on Any International Crisis - 120 member states supported the resolutions and 28 are currently engaged in military action.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on the role of the BBC World Service during recent periods of International Crisis.
Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that at least one of the lessons that we learnt in the Gulf war will be put into effect so that, should a Similar International Crisis occur again, more than one in five of those support vessels will fly the red ensign, as was the case in the Gulf war?
It is important that we should not wait for a further tragedy or for Another International Crisis before a permanent United Nations structure for military intervention is devised and set up in the way that Mr. Boutros-Ghali has sensibly proposed.
Certainly at moments of Great International Crisis the role of the United Nations has been important.
Will the Leader of the House make time for a debate in the House before the recess, because it would be a tragedy if we were to sleepwalk into an International Crisis before we had a proper discussion?
He referred to the language that was used:SCR 688 condemned the repression, demanded its cessation and insisted that Iraq allow access to international humanitarian organisations … strong language for a resolution, even on an International Crisis.
But it does not automatically follow that the United Kingdom sendstroops to Any International Crisis.
People outside do not understand why This Grave International Crisis is not properly debated in this House.
In addition, employers had given reservists time off year after year for continuous or weekend training and asked why, when there was an International Crisis, the reservists were not called out.
Having the best weaponry, intelligence and command and control of the modern battlefield is essential, and having rapidly deployable forces means that we have an important extra element of deterrence so that we can show resolve quickly when an International Crisis may be about to erupt.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of two areas where an International Crisis could break out literally at any moment, for both of which the British Government in the past have been responsible?
The scale of the continuing refugee disaster in Bosnia was described in a recent report by the International Crisis group entitled "Going Nowhere Fast".
People will jump up and down and say, "You must not raise your minimum deterrent, because you will intensify the International Crisis".
Before replying to this debate, I took the opportunity to look at all the written questions tabled by the right hon. and learned Gentleman at a time of International Crisis.
Mr. Wilkinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the impact on employment of changes in the petro-currency status of the national currency upon the United Kingdom's accession to the euro zone, with particular reference to periods of International Crisis.
All three services have reacted swiftly and efficiently at a time of International Crisis, and we congratulate and thank them.
A clear, and perhaps not surprising, conclusion of our foreign policy-led analysis is that speed of deployment in an International Crisis is important.
The ability to deploy force quickly in the early stages of an International Crisis can be crucial.
It wants to keep laughing, but we are talking about an International Crisis that has left scores of millions of people in poverty.
As we have seen all too clearly, that mix and match has made it extremely difficult for us and our European partners to agree and stick with a common approach when facing an International Crisis, whether in Kosovo or in Iraq.
Given the gravity of This International Crisis, it is unfortunate that the hon. Gentleman should trot out his own King Charles's head on Europe - [Interruption.
Paragraph 89 of the strategic defence review says that we can respond to a Major International Crisis of the nature of the Gulf war or to two crises: one on a Bosnia scale and another more limited, non-war-fighting deployment, for up to six months.
I should have thought that a more serious approach to this matter would be to regard it as a Grave International Crisis, not a matter for partisan politics.
I am delighted that Members on the two Front Benches are in such accord - as they should be at a moment of International Crisis.
As Jamie Shea testified, at times of International Crisis, the world now turns to the BBC.
There is also the longer-term national security aspect - the issue of an International Crisis: war may not have been declared but we may be in the run-up to a conflict.
Mr. Vaz: The European Union is still considering the modalities for the inclusion of those functions of the WEU necessary for the EU to fulfil its new responsibilities in 588W International Crisis management.
In the strategic defence review, the Government said that, although it would not normally be appropriate to call out formed units of the reserves at short notice, we should be prepared to do so if that were necessary to complete the build-up of a large military force in an International Crisis, such as the Gulf war.
Gareth Evans, President of the International Crisis Group, who recently toured the Great Lakes region, says that apart from the immediate concern of a cease-fire, three large problems have to be solved before any lasting agreement can be reached: reintegration of rebel forces into the army and civil society, accountability of war criminals, and the management of the political transition.
An International Crisis could emerge and we might want to take complete control of our airspace.
My Lords, the Minister will be aware of a publication this morning by the International Crisis Group listing all those responsible, or alleged to be responsible, for war crimes, including some indicted by the tribunal.
If there are operations in which NATO as a whole is not engaged and we are,therefore, operating under the Feira summit arrangements with the European Union acting in an autonomous fashion in an International Crisis, the policies that are pursued will be inconsistent, by definition, with the fact that NATO as a whole is not engaged and will mean the United States takes a different view.
The right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Mailing (Sir J. Stanley) asked him what would happen if the rapid reaction force was committed in a certain part of Europe and there was then a Major International Crisis and NATO required our troops.
The fact that the Falklands War was an International Crisis and the foot and mouth outbreak is a terrible domestic problem in some areas is not in itself sufficient of a justification to treat the two crises differently.
He spelled out the seriousness of the International Crisis extremely well.
As the debate after 11 September unfolded and the press, television and the House debated the International Crisis, many of us discussed how people could commit such a crime.
Although I welcome this opportunity, I must touch on a difficulty that has arisen because it is three weeks since we previously met to discuss the International Crisis and because we are meeting for only one day.
It was Lady Thatcher who inspired me to get involved in party politics in the first place, at a time of Similar International Crisis towards the end of the 1980s, when the former Soviet Union was breaking up, and I felt less than confident in the ability of the then Prime Minister to keep us all from nuclear destruction.
Although Parliament is involved in solving the International Crisis, it is important not to forget domestic issues such as hooliganism at our domestic games.
In the Current International Crisis, can people seriously argue that our influence in the world or on the United States or middle east is diminished in any way by our opposition to some aspects of European integration, or that it would be extended if we signed up to a further ratchet of European integration?
Others may believe that consideration of the issues in the treaty should perhaps be postponed until after the Immediate International Crisis has passed.
I do not say that we must ratify the treaty of Nice because of the International Crisis, but I do say that the European Union, which had already reached a critical juncture in its development - like all international institutions - faces a critical challenge to its ability to make decisions, and its capacity to act in the world as we find it today.
It is crucial that we also seek to play a leading role in Europe, and ensure that Europe too punches above and not under its weight during the Current International Crisis.
Here I declare an interest as a member of the board of the International Crisis Group.
My Lords, the International Crisis over global terrorism has many novel and repugnant features that distinguish it from the wars and campaigns of recent years.
Some people may have thought it much more appropriate to use this parliamentary time to debate more contemporary subjects, such as the Current International Crisis or the collapse of Railtrack.
Now is the time to be hearing, to be listening to and to be talking with women around the world - in Islamic countries, but also elsewhere - about the longer-term outcome and how we get through the International Crisis.
Will the Minister join me in welcoming the way in which our European partners have been able, despite differences of emphasis, to adopt a firmly supportive position on the Current International Crisis and the coalition gathered against it?
Will the Minister join me in welcoming the way in which our European partners have been able, despite differences of emphasis, to adopt a firmly supportive position on the current International Crisis and the coalition gathered against it?
Politicians have an overriding responsibility, especially during times of International Crisis, to resist taking a populist approach to appease the understandable public demand for swift action against crime.
To what extent is the British policy on debt cancellation and rescheduling affected by the International Crisis and by the political and strategic need to keep some of the countries of central Asia within the alliance against terrorism?
Leaving the HIPC scheme and other issues until later, I will focus first on the impact of the Current International Crisis on the approach of international agencies and our Government to the countries of south and central Asia.
Leaving the HIPC scheme and other issues until later, I will focus first on the impact of the current International Crisis on the approach of international agencies and our Government to the countries of south and central Asia.
Indeed, today in The Times we read that President Prodi and his officials, like Jo Moore at the Department of Transport, look upon the International Crisis as "beneficial" as it favours further integration.
I am especially grateful that, at this time of International Crisis, we can still consider important local issues.
I also spoke to President Bush and Chancellor Schröder on the Current International Crisis.
There is an issue of commercial judgment as well as the knock-on effects of an International Crisis.
I also spoke to President Bush and Chancellor Schroder on the Current International Crisis.
I do think, on a day when I have announced that we shall be having three days of debate on legislation against terrorism, that we shall be having a debate on NHS reform, and that we shall be having a debate on civil defence, none of the issues that the right hon. Gentleman has raised at the Dispatch Box, however entertaining they may be, match the severity of the International Crisis or the nature of affairs at home or what our constituents are interested in.
As the debate after11 September unfolded and the press, television and the House debated the International Crisis, many of us discussed how people could commit such a crime.
In the Current International Crisis, we must be able to deal with such situations.
In the summer of 2001, the International Crisis Group published a detailed report that found Zimbabwe to be in severe political and economic crisis.
As the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Inge, pointed out, British forces are stretched amazingly thinly around the International Crisis management scene.
For the Government, this is an International Crisis that they wish they could pass by on the other side.
As the hon. Gentleman will recall from my comments in Committee, our position is that while Her Majesty's Government say that the scale of the International Crisis facing our nation is such that the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 must be suspended - for reasons that the Home Secretary has explained and which I do not question - it is inappropriate to introduce legislation that would at best cap in real terms and at worst reduce in real terms the amount available for the vital national function of emergency planning.
In researching the issue of Africa, I came across the International Crisis Group's website.
My right hon. Friend will be aware that the measured response of President Putin and the Russian Government is one of the reasons why this has not yet developed into an International Crisis.
I, for one, have looked extremely carefully at all the information available to us through the Internet and other bodies to which we belong - in my case, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in Harvard and the International Crisis Group, of which I am a member of the board that met at the weekend - but I cannot find any decisive evidence to link Iraq to the Al'Qaeda network.
The confrontation between Ariel Sharon's Government and the Palestinian terrorists has become an International Crisis, which, unless handled decisively, could create a dangerous wider conflict and disrupt the economies of the developed world.
That hampers our ability as Europeans to play our role in International Crisis management.
Just last week, the International Crisis Group issued a report on Zimbabwe.
In the light not only of Mugabe's visit to Rome, but of his visit to New York in May, his wife's visit to Spain to go shopping and his police chief's visit to France in May, does the Secretary of State really believe that Mugabe's henchmen are experiencing the isolation that he talked about, or does he not rather agree with the author of the Recent International Crisis Group report, John Prendergast, that the sanctions as they are currently applied are a joke?
The author of the Recent International Crisis Group report described the sanctions as a joke.
Last week, the Brussels think tank International Crisis Group forecast increasing unrest and an impending clampdown by Mugabe.
The International Crisis Group report said last year that the conflict can be understood only in the context of entrenched rivalries between two communities, in which both sides commit atrocities against the other.
War should be the last resort when all other efforts have failed, but Britain should never shy away from its responsibilities in a time of International Crisis.
As the International Crisis Group's report makes plain, the Machakos talks represent the best chance for peace the Sudanese people have had in two decades.
Specifically, I should be interested to learn what consideration the Government have given to the recommendations of the International Crisis Group.
I should declare an interest as a member of the board of the International Crisis Group, which, on 8th August of this year, produced a study entitled, Al-Qaeda in Southeast Asia: The Case of the 'Ngruki Network' in Indonesia.
I am delighted to have the opportunity at last to speak on This International Crisis.
He will bang the phones for George W. Bush to deal with an International Crisis.
Robert Templer, writing in a recent report for the International Crisis group, stated that it was not certain that attempts to avoid a health disaster in Burma would succeed, but that certainly Burma could not turn the tide, "without immediate, substantial and sustained financial and technical support".
Nor can we overlook the International Crisis Group report, which was published in November 2002.
I wonder whether the Secretary of State has had time to read the International Crisis Group's report that called for the international community to withhold any finance for the elections because of problems with the Rwandan Government's lack of respect for political associations.
The International Crisis Group, which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent and resolve conflicts in all parts of the world, has made an assessment of Rwanda's journey toward democratisation.
As the International Crisis group has said, this is a time for historic decisions, compromises and political courage.
The International Crisis Group - I declare an interest as a board member - has discovered that there is tremendous public concern about the possibility of a war against Iraq in the Middle East.
I conclude by reiterating the needs of the countries around the Great Lakes and stressing why at this time of International Crisis we must endeavour not to take our attention away from countries in real need.
The International Crisis Group said that donors should act now and release the promised dividends before faith is lost in the peace process and the situation deteriorates further.
It is important in times of Great International Crisis that we do not allow Zimbabwe simply to drift from international attention.
It allows us to consider the International Crisis sparked by North Korea's decision to reopen its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon and its continued serial abuse of human rights.
Many of us greatly admire the way in which she is handling her onerous responsibilities during the Present International Crisis.
If she would like now to withdraw her timetable motion, I am sure that matters could proceed in a way that would meet the interests of the Bill and the wider interests of the House at this moment of International Crisis.
The International Crisis requires all parties in the House to put aside their differences until the cessation of military action.
believes no case for war has been made, such action is in defiance of international law, and hold that it is possible to resolve the Present International Crisis by exclusively peaceful means.
Declares that, whilst unreservedly condemning the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, supporting the cause of democracy in all countries of the Middle East and expressing solidarity with civilian Iraqi men, women and children who will be the main victims of any war, opposes any military attack on Iraq by the USA or Britain; believes no case for war has been made, such action is in defiance of international law, and hold that it is possible to resolve the Present International Crisis by exclusively peaceful means.
Will the Government press Uganda and Rwanda to do the same and press both to respond to the recommendations of the report by the International Crisis Group, The Kivus: The Forgotten Crucible of the Congo Conflict; and press Uganda to publish the report of its Porter Commission and to act on its findings?
Francois Grignon of the International Crisis Group has written: "This intervention is, on the face of it, totally insufficient to meet the needs of Ituri's pacification".
A recent report from the International Crisis Group made a number of suggestions about what could be done throughout the former Yugoslavia, including trying to persuade Belgrade to co-operate more with UNMIK and to stop actions that may destabilise conditions.
Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the International Crisis Group report on the constitutional process in Afghanistan, published on 12 June.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The International Crisis Group report on the constitutional process in Afghanistan highlights a number of important issues that will affect the integrity of the constitutional process, including the importance of ensuring adequate security to allow the Afghan people to participate freely.
Some 71 per cent of people believe that the EU should have a rapid military reaction force that can be sent quickly to trouble spots when an International Crisis occurs.
I also recommend that he read the recent report of the International Crisis Group.
If I should point to a failure of the Anglo-American relationship at this time of International Crisis, it lies in the failure on one hand of British leadership to capture the imagination of the leadership, and thence of the people, of the United States, in a realisation of their profound power for good in a troubled world and, on the other hand, a failure by that same leadership to negotiate more effectively with our ally to secure British and global objectives.
The International Crisis Group's most recent report declares that Khartoum-backed Arab militias in Darfur are attacking, "unprotected villages with no apparent link to the rebels other than their ethnic profile"; and Amnesty International has warned that, "the situation in Darfur is at risk of rapidly degenerating into a full-scale civil war where ethnicity is manipulated".
The International Crisis Group report "Decision time in Zimbabwe", published on8 July 2003, also recognised the importance of Mbeki if the crisis is to be resolved diplomatically.
That continues and all energies must be mobilised in this area as much as in other areas of International Crisis which we now face.
, The Guardian reported that the International Crisis Group think-tank said: "Kosovo is in danger of becoming Europe's West Bank, a destabilising source of unrest in the Balkans, because of five years of flawed and failed western policy-making and peacekeeping".
In its report of22 April, the International Crisis Group was highly critical of aspects of KFOR's performance: "KFOR stood revealed as a paper tiger, and will have difficulty redressing its credibility deficit".
My Lords, has the noble Baroness seen the report of the International Crisis group?
Prime Minister Khin Nyunt appears to recognise that, according to a report by the International Crisis Group.
The International Crisis Group's report just three days ago entitled Sudan: Now or Never claims: "There is just enough time to save hundreds of thousands of lives directly threatened by [the Sudanese] government-supported militias and looming starvation, but only if the world acts very urgently".
The Minister will know of the recommendations of the International Crisis Group, which is the beneficiary of direct financial support from his Department.
In its report last month, the International Crisis Group said of Darfur: "The situation mirrors the dynamic of other conflicts throughout Sudan, pitting a periphery that views itself as the victim of discrimination against a centre in Khartoum that is seen as holding all the economic and political cards".
We all want to take on board the advice that the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group and Save the Children have given.
The most Recent International Crisis Group report appeared on19 April.
My view is backed by the International Crisis Group which has, for years, written the most authoritative reports on Somalia and Somaliland.
The UN International Crisis Group reported in April 2004 that at the core of the state is, "violence, used in both targeted and indiscriminate ways".
The International Crisis Group report notes that the problem is apparently so bad that, "large contractors such as Bechtel have introduced business ethics courses".
I am concerned that only today a report from the International Crisis Group in New York states that the Belarusians have sent a letter to the sanctions committee of the UN seeking permission, which the ICG believes will be granted, to sell arms to Sudan.
Thankfully, it has not been forgotten by the non-governmental organisations - the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Crisis Group, Unicef, Protect Darfur and Waging Peace, among others.
Do the Government support the call by the International Crisis Group for the deadline for the constitution to be extended until15 September?
The International Crisis Group suggests that Zimbabwe's regional neighbours should make clear their expectation that Zimbabwe should implement fully the recommendations of the report, and that the African Union should encourage the African Commission on Human and People's Rights to investigate whether the operation breached Zimbabwe's obligations under the African Union's human rights charter.
My Lords, does the noble Baroness share the concerns expressed last week by the International Crisis Group that NATO's effectiveness has been adversely affected, "by national caveats on functions and acceptance of risk"?
As for the International Crisis Group, it is recommended that the UN should name a special envoy to do what Senator Danforth was doing several years ago.
In relation to the International Crisis Group's request for a high-level UN special envoy, I assure hon. Members that we have full confidence in the United Nations Secretary-General's current special representative, Mr. Jan Pronk.
Do the Leader of the House and the Government agree that the reporting of Iran to the United Nations Security Council is a very serious matter, reflecting a Grave International Crisis that is preoccupying every major power on this earth?
The International Crisis group recently gave strong endorsement to both proposals, stating that, "the UN Security Council should recognise the LRA poses a threat to international peace and security", and must implement both these proposals.
First, what discussions have Her Majesty's Government had with the authorities regarding the claims made by the International Crisis Group that the Ugandan army, while powerful enough to defeat the LRA, has failed to do so due to corruption, abusive behaviour and poor organisation, despite assurances from President Museveni?
Likewise, the International Crisis Group's Congo action plan needs urgent implementation.
The International Crisis Group says that reform of the army is far behind schedule, and it criticises the policy of demobilising militias and giving handouts to ex-combatants.
In a recent report, the International Crisis Group estimated that 4 million people had died in the previous eight years of conflict.
The International Crisis Group believes that the army is strong enough to sort the problem out, but corruption, abusive behaviour, poor organisation and equipment shortages have meant that it is unable to deal with the Lord's Resistance Army.
I was interested to read a report by the International Crisis Group.
The International Crisis Group has identified four main priorities for Nepal.
How will we respond to the call in August of the International Crisis Group for the targeting of the economic assets of Khartoum, its security agencies and its fraudulent charities, and to the widespread calls for divestment in Sudan?
My Lords, what is the Government's response to the warning by the International Crisis Group that foreign military intervention, as advocated by the Us in a draft Security Council resolution, would be likely to cause further desertions from the TFG and even to prompt military action by the Islamic courts against their remaining stronghold of Baidoa?
Gareth Evans of the International Crisis Group said last November: "Unfortunately, most of the cards are in the hands of the North Koreans at the moment .
The International Crisis Group sums up the situation aptly.
The International Crisis Group's Gareth Evans and Robert Malley recently wrote that, "the Arab-Israeli conflict has ceased being a local, or even a regional concern.
Let me quote from the International Crisis Group's report, which gets to the heart of the matter.
What response have Her Majesty's Government made to the International Crisis Group's calls for more active political engagement by the West?
I very much welcome the UK's contribution of £250,000 to facilitate the talks process, but I also note the Recent International Crisis Group report, which found that mediation efforts have so far suffered from a lack of capacity.
Does the Minister agree with the suggestion of the International Crisis Group that the Government should seek measures, "specifically targeting revenue flows from the petroleum sector", and, "foreign investment in, and the supply of goods and services to", that and associated sectors?
As the International Crisis Group sets out graphically, there is no point in going somewhere and feeling that we have done our job because the election has happened.
asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recommendations contained in the recent report of the International Crisis Group entitled Zimbabwe: An End to the Stalemate?
My Lords, the International Crisis Group report suggests that Commonwealth member countries in southern Africa should help to mediate a political settlement for a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe.
Finally, is it not a disturbing reflection on the operation of the offices of the Secretary of State and those of the Prime Minister that the Prime Minister did not learn of This Major International Crisis until he heard them through the media on Sunday?
The International Crisis Group believed that a realistic chance had at last begun to appear to resolve the Zimbabwe crisis.
It is rather sloppy of our generation that, at a time when the country could be in the middle of an International Crisis, we could have uncertainty about who should be in charge of Government if the Prime Minister were incapacitated or suddenly died.
However, she will be aware that there have been criticisms by the International Crisis Group, among others, about the level of representation at those talks and the structure of those talks.
When the politicians are finally able to broker some sort of peace settlement, what will be needed in Sudan is not a sigh of relief and turning to the next International Crisis, but a genuine economic restructuring.
The ESDP is designed to complement our efforts in NATO by allowing the EU to share the burden of International Crisis management.
I want to put on the record the Government's determination on the fundamental importance and unique nature of This International Crisis.
My Lords, the Minister will perhaps be familiar with the International Crisis Group report on Saudi Arabia, describing it as a country which stifles pluralism, nurtures intolerance and prevents the organisation of political and social interests.
My Lords, the International Crisis Group report is deeply disturbing, and I will ask that the case raised by the noble Baroness in relation to the intellectuals who have been imprisoned is raised.
The SDR set broad benchmarks that visualised, for example, either a response to a Major International Crisis that might require a military effort and combat operations of a similar scale and duration to the Gulf War - I am advised that, in broad terms, that means deploying an armoured division, 26 major warships and more than 80 combat aircraft - or undertaking a more extended overseas deployment on a lesser scale, as in Bosnia, for example, while retaining the ability to mount a second substantial deployment, probably involving a combat brigade and appropriate naval and air forces, if this were made necessary by a second crisis.
Furthermore, if the coal supply is properly calibrated it would guarantee that in Any International Crisis, we would not be over-dependent on other countries if that crisis worsened.
The International Crisis Group has estimated that each 2 per cent would work out at $36 million in 2005-07.
The International Crisis Group said that the reform of the 13,000 madrassas - the number that my hon. Friend mentioned - is now a shambles.
Given the International Crisis, it is obvious that the business model espoused in the past by Northern Rock is no longer viable.
The all-important relationship between NATO and European security and defence policy remains, however, ill defined and paralysed by technical disputes, with no certainty about who does what in the event of an International Crisis, as the Secretary-General of NATO himself said just a year ago.
Can the Minister say what we think about the development of a more politically powerful contact group, as recommended by the International Crisis Group?
Will the Minister comment on whether there should be deepened co-operation - this is the recommendation from the International Crisis Group - between India, the EU and the US, with the goal of eventually developing a more politically powerful contact group?
My Lords, a wide range of independent observers - the noble Lord mentioned several; the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch, the United States State Department as well as local observers in the region - have already declared that these elections cannot be free and fair.
My Lords, the Government would of course be concerned if demand collapsed in the economy and we were not able to fulfil our projection of growth, albeit more limited than we would have anticipated had not the International Crisis occurred.
The ESDP is a key vehicle through which EU member states can share the burden of International Crisis management.
In particular, I commend the International Rescue Committee for its extraordinary research work on mortality rates, and the International Crisis Group and Human Rights Watch for their efforts to keep the DRC on the political radar.
Gareth Evans, the former Foreign Minister of Australia, who heads the International Crisis group and who chaired the UN panel, is right to say that there are dangers in eroding the definition of what we mean.
We are not devaluing the pound, as happened in the 1990s, and we will get through This Difficult International Crisis rather well and without the double-digit interest rates that we had under a previous Government.
For the Government to try to make out that this is some kind of International Crisis not of their making simply will not wash.
This is an International Crisis, and we fear its impact on the most vulnerable nations in our world, not just in the developed world.
On the contrary, we on these Benches recognise that, in an International Crisis, we need the stronger international co-operation that goes with an open global economy.
The International Crisis Group notes the apparent inability of the EU to speak with one voice and that at the October monthly meeting of EU Foreign Ministers the DRC was not even on the agenda.
The obvious explanation is that there are policy failures here, and an International Crisis at the same time.
He started off well by setting a grave tone for the debate, because there is a danger that we in the House - and, indeed, the country - underestimate exactly the size of the problem that confronts us as a result of This International Crisis.
It has to be the organisation that brings together the disciplines and enables us to utilise the NGOs, the MoD, DfID and all the other organisations capable of dealing with an International Crisis and bringing peace after war.
The Government should surely have used yesterday's most public of stages, and I am sure cheered Her Majesty up in the process, to emphasise the importance in the face of and through the present financial pressures of maintaining our commitments to the developing world with the G8 countries and others, countries which have been responsible for the greed and lack of forethought and care that have caused the Present International Crisis.
In the end the public will judge us not on who is culpable, because it clearly is an International Crisis, but on what the Government do about it and what mechanisms they are prepared to adopt to deal with the problem - interest rate monetary policy, or monetary policy plus fiscal stimulus.
Is it my hon. Friend's intention to report the Israeli Government to the International Crisis Group or to the war crimes tribunal?
The weaknesses in the old ceasefire arrangements, which collapsed three weeks ago, were analysed well by the International Crisis Group.
This is an International Crisis and it needs to be dealt with in collaboration with Governments around the world, but it is obvious to me that it would be a mistake to have a regional focus on what is an international problem.
In responding to the debate, it is important that we follow the pattern set by my noble friend, both looking at how the Government can help to reduce the deleterious impacts on people in need in our communities while addressing ourselves to the International Crisis, which is reflected and which occasioned the problems in the banking industry and, subsequently, in the wider economy.
Several years ago, the International Crisis Group talked about a phased delay, with the west saying, "Yes, of course you have the right to enrich, but we want to negotiate with you and we want you to delay enrichment".
This week, the International Crisis Group described what is happening to the Tamil community as annihilation.
Sydney Masamvu of the International Crisis Group, who has already been quoted in the debate, has said that: "the grand plan of Mbeki was to legitimise Mugabe and sanitise him in the eyes of the international community".
Sydney Masamvu of the International Crisis Group, who has already been quoted in the debate, has said: "the grand plan of Mbeki was to legitimise Mugabe and sanitise him in the eyes of the international community".
I want to talk about the Budget and to thank my right hon. Friend the Chancellor for some of the specific measures that are proposed at a time of International Crisis.
The positive points that I want to make about how we can possibly get a ceasefire in this nightmare situation come not from the Liberal Democrats or the Government but from the International Crisis Group, which set out, only nine days ago, a set of sensible measures that I should like to share with the House.
Of course we all need to work together and to push for a process of political reconciliation and lasting peace and justice, but I draw attention - the hon. Member for Richmond Park referred to this - to the International Crisis Group.
What discussions has the Minister had with other Governments to produce a package of other financial sanctions, such as the end to all non-emergency development aid, which might be imposed on the Government of Sri Lanka if they fail to listen, as has been suggested by the International Crisis Group and others?
It is true that this is an International Crisis, but it is a crisis that was co-authored by America and Britain.
The noble Lord, Lord Lawson, said that any idea of this being largely an International Crisis ignored the fact that we had signs of leveraging going wrong and of bank lending and mortgages being made too easy - all very good.
It could have happened at a time of International Crisis.
The International Crisis Group has commented that failure will lead to de facto partition.
The consequences of no solution have been pointed out by the International Crisis Group, which says that failure to reach a settlement could result in slow economic progress, greater defence spending and reduced international credibility for the Republic of Cyprus, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkey.
When faced with an International Crisis, they have stepped up to the plate and delivered.
The current economic difficulties are different from the difficulties of the '80s; the current situation is an International Crisis, whereas in the '80s it took place in this country and was Government-made.
Thirdly, we have learned during This International Crisis that properly calibrated national regulation of financial markets is a vital protection against economic crisis, but national regulation alone cannot be sufficient.
I turn to the CPA and other peace agreements, drawing on a comprehensive report by the International Crisis Group.
According to the International Crisis Group, 16 provisions of the CPA remain to be implemented, including new laws reducing the powers of arbitrary arrest and detention, allowing the freedom of the media, an independent electoral commission and unrestricted access to international observer teams.
A number of noble Lords mentioned the report of the International Crisis Group.
I will also join others in commending the report of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, chaired by my former colleague at the International Crisis Group, Gareth Evans, and by Yoriko Kawaguchi.
Last month, the International Crisis Group highlighted the dangers for institutions in Colombia and the dominant Executive power if democratic checks and balances were undermined and the constitution were changed.
Time and again yesterday, the Chancellor put the blame on the International Crisis.
When I read the International Crisis Group report, which calls for an extensive war crimes investigation, it seems illogical when, as it is said, quite rightly, the main perpetrators are the Tamil Tigers, and they are gone now, so it would be rather a one-sided investigation.
However, I was concerned that although he rightly mentioned Burma, Zimbabwe and elsewhere, there was no mention of the situation in Sri Lanka, which is especially important in the light of the Recent International Crisis Group report, which said that Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam repeatedly violated humanitarian law during the last five months of the conflict last year.
The International Crisis Group reported to that committee that, "instability in Zimbabwe is profoundly destabilizing to its neighbors.
I shall quote from the International Crisis Group report of17 May, which is called, very starkly, "War Crimes in Sri Lanka", but first I shall mention a report by Desmond Tutu and Lakhdar Brahimi, who are members of The Elders, a group of eminent global leaders brought together in 2007 by former South African President Nelson Mandela, who is a hero to many of us here.
As the International Crisis Group has stated clearly, it is not simply about peace enforcement but must encompass much wider objectives on security sector reform and DDR, as well as on transitional justice, as we move forward from conflict, on gender empowerment, humanitarian assistance, de-mining-the list of things that need to be done is endless.
The Liberal Democrats in particular cannot abandon almost everything that they said in the run-up to the election using the excuse that they had somehow failed to notice an International Crisis that was affecting our national finances.
First, the credit crunch was a worldwide, International Crisis, not simply something in the United Kingdom.
I mention in particular the 11-point plan proposed by the International Crisis Group, which is a promising way forward.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the International Crisis Group's recent Report Congo: No Stability in Kivu despite Rapprochement with Rwanda.
My Lords, the International Crisis Group states that civilians are still suffering shocking levels of violence in the Kivus, but the Democratic Republic of Congo's rapprochement with Rwanda significantly improves the prospect for peace.
Does the Leader of the House think that, at a time of Major International Crisis, it is appropriate for Ministers to indulge in petty political point scoring rather than focusing on their faltering response to events in Libya?
It poses the question: how good are the international alliances and organisations of which we are part if they fracture at the first contact with an International Crisis?
Is this not, if it fails, a crucial test of the credibility of British foreign policy, which has perhaps not adapted to the shortage of defence capability we now suffer as a result of the strategic defence and security review or to the fact that we have a completely different kind of United States, which is prepared to be passive in an International Crisis?
We all know the last Government had to go through a Massive International Crisis, but we also all know that there was an underlying structural deficit that they did not deal with.
Particularly at times of International Crisis and pressure there is a mistaken tendency for us to focus on so-called hard power, and soft power can be crowded out.
There are various authoritative indicators of conflict around the world, including the International Crisis Group and the “Global Peace Index”, and they tell us something which, if we paused for a second, we would realise for ourselves: after a very welcome decline in the number of conflicts in the past few years there has been a recent increase in violence in the world.
When the IMF was still praising Britain following Labour's response to the International Crisis, the now Chancellor was encouraging us to follow Ireland's example of massive cuts at the heart of a recession.
Even after the war, more than 300,000 Tamils were held in camps, and although most have been released, the International Crisis Group says that they were sent to places that were “devoid of the most basic amenities.
Is he also aware that the International Crisis Group reports that conflict in the Blue Nile region could well trigger a renewed civil war-a war in which everyone would be losers, but most particularly the Sudanese people?
The International Crisis Group in southern Africa warns that there is a real danger that ZANU-PF will employ violence again to force people to vote.
The UN panel of experts, two UN special rapporteurs on extra-judicial killings, the Us State Department, the European Commission, Channel 4, the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the elders and others, have documented allegations of egregious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law that were committed by the Government and the Tamil Tigers during Sri Lanka's conflict.
Instead, as the International Crisis Group noted, the Government's post-war agenda “has been further to centralise power, expand the role of the military, undermine local civilian authorities, and politicise the institutions that should uphold the rule of law and combat impunity”.
Despite the lack of progress; despite the widespread evidence of torture; despite the fact that more than 300,000 Tamils are being held in camps after the war, with many of them still living in deplorable conditions described by the International Crisis Group as being “devoid of the most basic amenities”; despite independent reporters still not being permitted to report; and despite allegations of all sorts of ongoing human rights abuses, Britain has embarked on a policy of sending planeloads of Tamils back to Sri Lanka even though there is a genuine and understandable fear about how they might be treated there.
The International Crisis Group reported in December that: “Women in Sri Lanka's predominantly Tamil-speaking north and east are facing a desperate lack of security in the aftermath of the long civil war.
A report by the International Crisis Group published as recently as this week referred to the wider dispute in the South China sea and concluded: “clashes on the South China Sea - 3.
In addition, the International Crisis Group, my hon. Friendthe Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown) and other Members have highlighted the growing insecurity of women in the north and east because of lack of access to housing or jobs and the generally unsafe environment in which they live.
A recent report of the International Crisis Group suggests that a new architecture is needed, although it rightly rejects a one-state solution, which would be unacceptable to most Israelis and unworkable anyway.
If the intention is to wave a carrot and not just a stick, by all means suspend sanctions against some of those lower down the ZANU-PF command list, or examine the more calibrated strategy that is recommended by the International Crisis Group and that is being considered by southern African countries.
Several experts currently based on the ground - for instance, the director for central Africa of the International Crisis Group - recently confirmed to the all-party parliamentary group on the African great lakes region that many facts point to a likely resumption of attacks from rebels and army in the coming weeks or even days.
Last week, they began saying that this was an International Crisis.
As to the Labour Government's record on debt, before the International Crisis hit, our debt levels were the second lowest in the G7, lower than when we came into office in 1997, I believe.
The International Crisis Group estimates that some 10,000 people have already perished in the conflict.
It cited a major accident or natural hazard such as flooding affecting three or more regions or an influenza pandemic as the third threat, and an International Crisis between other states which might draw in the UK and its allies, as well as non-state actors, as the fourth.
] Contrary to the mutterings by Government Front Benchers, the reality is that the previous Government did a very good job in increasing GDP by 40% in the 10 years to 2008 and, when they faced an International Crisis, by engaging in fiscal stimulus - with President Obama - to avoid a deep depression and give us a shallow recession, so that by 2010 we had the modest growth that was then destroyed by the current Chancellor.
It ill behoves the shadow Chancellor to criticise, given the very important part that he played in the previous Government's huge overspending and the increase in government debt, which left us so vulnerable when the International Crisis came.
I thought we had learned the lesson then; I thought that we had learned that when there is an International Crisis such as this one in Syria, our response is not only about providing financial help but about providing refuge.
Does she agree with a recent report by the International Crisis Group, one of whose recommendations was that Bosnia needs support for reform as well as the expertise resulting from the European models of federalism and community participation in states with multiple language areas and peoples?
My noble friend Lady Hussein-Ece asked about the recommendations of the International Crisis Group for a new constitution.
As Alan Keenan, the Sri Lanka project director at the International Crisis Group, noted, the situation in northern Sri Lanka has improved “in some ways”, but “the government has made too much of large infrastructure and development projects, which it is able to show off to the international community, and not enough of the situation on the ground” - as my hon. Friend said, and as we all adhere to and understand.
Whenever there is an International Crisis with a humanitarian aspect, our country and its citizens, charities and voluntary sector always rise to the occasion and do so magnificently, often through small people doing small things that they hope will make a big difference.
May we have a whole day's debate on the International Crisis facing the world that is flooding out of Syria and on how we can take responsibility for that crisis, which has largely been created by the Assad regime and Russia?
A glimmer of sun has come through the clouds of International Crisis and the Chancellor has been busy on his ladder fixing the roof with his nails, his hammer and his wood.