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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1275: tabled on 25 May 2004

Tabled in the 2003-04 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House is aware that Mr John Negroponte will be the US Ambassador to Iraq after the 30th June sovereignty transfer, in which position he will wield enormous power; notes the content of the report in 2001 to the effect that he served as Ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985 during which time he was personally responsible for the illegal policy of training and arming Contra rebels inside Honduras for the purpose of overthrowing Nicaragua's Sandinista government; further notes that he also oversaw the build up of the Honduran military while turning a blind eye to their campaign of death and torture and that during this period the Honduran military's Battalion 316, trained by the CIA, killed or caused to disappear at least 184 political opponents; further notes that despite hundreds of articles in Honduran newspapers reporting the brutality of the government's death squads, the condemnation of international human rights organisations, and the warning to Mr Negroponte by his predecessor about the alarming increase in extrajudicial military executions and torture of political opponents, Mr Negroponte has continued to maintain that there were no death squads in Honduras and if there were, he knew nothing about them; further notes that said that either Mr Negroponte is lying or he is totally incompetent and the notion that he could condemn other nations for their human rights abuses is absurd; and believes that, with a record like this, he is likely to be a liability in Iraq and to UK interests there.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.