HC Deb 28 January 2004 vol 417 c415W
Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which nations his Department deems that political parties which remain linked to terrorist groups are participating in Government. [149614]

Mr. MacShane

Terrorism is incompatible with the legitimate political life of any nation. It is not clear how many political parties globally have operational or organisational links to terrorist groups. In cases where we do believe there are links, for example Hizbollah in Lebanon, we have pressed strongly for the abandonment of all terrorist activity and the exclusive pursuit of legitimate political engagement.