§ Lord Avebury
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, considering that the evaluation report of the European Union's Sustainable Development in the Paraguayan Chaco project shows that indigenous peoples' land claims in the area of the project have not been satisfactorily resolved, they will move to suspend the project for two years when it comes before the Asia and Latin America Committee on 13 July pending a further analysis of the land claims situation in eighteen months' time. [HL3481]
§ Baroness Amos
We continue to be concerned about the progress on the settlement of land claims, and I can assure the noble Lord that we will be insisting that the evaluation report of the European Union's Sustainable Development in the Paraguayan Chaco project be discussed at the ALA meeting this month. In advance of this meeting, we are asking other member states for their views on this report and what, in their considered opinion, the next course of action should be. Our efforts will be directed towards the best outcome for the indigenous peoples. The possibility of a suspension will be looked at in this light.