HC Deb 09 February 1998 vol 306 c21W
Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with her EU partners, concerning aid to(a) India, (b) Nepal, (c) Sri Lanka, (d) Pakistan, (e) Afghanistan, (f) Bangladesh and(g) other South Asian countries. [27946]

Clare Short

I have had discussions with EU partners about Afghanistan on which a common position was agreed at an early stage of the Presidency on 26 January. In particular, I discussed women's rights with Emma Bonino, EC Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs when the Commissioner visited London last month.

In respect of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh, my officials maintain regular contact with EU partners in Brussels, in other development forums and particularly in-country, both in the context of general donor co-ordination and in relation to specific projects and sectors.

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