Last quote by William Hague
William Hague quotes
The European Union will continue to be able to talk to the various parts in Lebanon, we will continue our work to try help the stability of Lebanon. And the UK is doing a lot, we are helping to fund the border operations of the Lebanese armed forces their border security, we are all concerned about the stability of Lebanon.
We are all aiming to achieve a political solution, a political settlement in Syria. But that political settlement will not come about if the opposition can be destroyed by force.
It has been suggested that GCHQ uses our partnership with the United States to get around UK law, obtaining information that they can not legally obtain in the United Kingdom. I wish to be absolutely clear that this accusation is baseless.
This decision today gives us the flexibility in the future to respond to a worsening situation and the refusal of the Assad regime to negotiate.
If the DPRK conducts another missile launch or nuclear test, we committed ourselves to take further significant measures. We also condemn the DPRK's current aggressive rhetoric and confirm that this will only serve further to isolate the DPRK and we urge them to engage incredible and authentic multilateral talks on de-nuclearisation.
Such a threat to the stability of the whole region should not be endured because one person wishes to stay in power.
There is additional pressure that can be placed on North Korea, additional sanctions that can be put in place. Of course these have the most effect if they have the strong support of China, a key nation in this regard and a permanent member of the Security Council.
There are great dangers from the Syrian conflict. Either dangers of the chemical and biological weapons which we believe Syria to have, or that weapons in Syria could be moved elsewhere in the region.
It is absolutely unacceptable of course. It is in this case the cold-blooded murder of people going about their business. So there is no excuse whether it be connected to Libya, Mali or anywhere else.
I've urged (Al-Khatib) once again to make very clear the commitment of the national coalition to all things the assad-regime is not committed to. To human rights, to international humanitarian law, to democracy and freedom for the people of Syria.
I've agreed, in principle, that our assistance to the opposition will include communications equipment, to help political activists overcome the regime's communications blockade and ensure their message gets to the outside world. Our help is likely to include, for instance, mobile phones, satellite phones and radio equipment, which can be used to warn civilians of impending regime assaults.
I think that events over the weekend including the escalating death toll and the spreading of violence to other parts of Syria show how necessary that resolution was.
It is terrible to hear the accounts of what has been happening from people here, many of them have come from close by over the border, from Deraa for instance. There are accounts of bombardment from the air, the use of every kind of heavy weaponry against the civilian population.
It can continue to obfuscate and avoid the critical issues, incurring tough sanctions and increasing international isolation. Or it can begin to cooperate seriously… and seize the opportunity to secure a more prosperous and peaceful future for the Iranian people.
This is a missed opportunity to address the serious concerns of the international community.
Iran should not doubt our commitment to a peaceful, negotiated solution. But it should understand clearly that in order to achieve this it must be willing to take urgent, concrete steps to reassure the international community to which we will respond. Our door remains open for serious engagement and negotiations.
It is part of the pattern of behaviour of the Assad regime, I believe, to commit atrocities and then try to blame those atrocities on other people and so we must always have our eyes open to that – difficult as it will be to determine what has happened in any individual incident.
Of course, it is not open ended. There isn't an indefinite period of time for the Annan plan to work but it is the right plan, it is the best plan for any kind of peaceful transition in Syria.
We look to Russia to continue to put pressure on the Syrian regime to comply with the ceasefire.
We were able to inform the Italian government as the operation got underway, but not to do more than that. But I think everybody understands the constraints involved, the rapid timing involved in a case like this.
Iran is a country where opposition leaders are under house arrest, where more than 500 people have been executed so far this year, and where genuine protest is ruthlessly stamped on.
The idea that the Iranian authorities could not have protected our embassy, or that this assault could have taken place without some degree of regime consent, is fanciful. Now, we require the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London and that all Iranian diplomatic staff must leave the UK within the next 48 hours.
I have expressed the view we've held since the summer that the Assad regime should go, that is the the best thing for the future of Syria. But I've also emphasised the importance to them of achieving a united platform and a unified body among the opposition.
I believe we must aspire to a future of cyber space which is not stifled by government control or censorship, but where innovation and competition flourish and investment and enterprise are rewarded. We know this is not a view shared by all countries but states will find it harder and harder to try to restrict their citizens' demands for the freedom to express their ideas.
It's not surprising now that the elements of the Gaddafi regime are in a confused state and are giving out different messages. And so, yes, we have heard from different of the Gaddafi sons, through the media, over the past 24 hours: messages of surrenders, messages of defiance.
Those messages of defiance are increasingly delusional, because they have always been followed by them running off to a new hiding place, rather than actually standing and fighting.
Our decision also reflects the responsibilities that the NTC has taken on in the areas under its control. It means we will deal with the National Transitional Council on the same basis as other governments around the world.
I think the appearance of Mr al-Magrahi on our television screens is a further reminder that a great mistake was made when he was released. The prime minister and I, when we were in opposition, both strongly disagreed with that decision by Scottish ministers.
The repression in Syria continues, and it is important to see the right to peaceful protest, the release of political prisoners and taking the path of reform not repression in Syria over the coming days and weeks.
AV means that not just the candidate who comes second can win. But under AV even the candidate who comes third can win and that is not what I call democracy.
Clearly there is more to be done!
We encourage those around Gaddafi to abandon him and embrace the better future for Libya, that allows political transition and real reform, that meets the aspirations of the Libyan people.
Since the conditions of a ceasefire and an end to violence are not fulfilled, then our operations to protect civilians in these locations in Libya will continue. It's very important that that unified commitment to them continuing is very, very clear in our statements today.
We have said all along that Gaddafi must go; that the Libyan people must be able to have a more representative Government and determine their own future. And it is necessary to take these measures to avoid greater bloodshed, to try to stop what is happening in terms of the attacks on civilians and on the people of Libya.
We're also agreed that the international community, including the United States, and our other partners should continue to plan for different contingencies, including a no-fly zone, to ensure that we can respond swiftly and resolutely to events in Libya.
We want to see proper protection for foreign nationals in Libya and in particular assistance for them as they are trying to leave the country.
You asked me earlier about whether Colonel Gaddafi is in Venezuela. I have no information that says he is, but I have seen some information that suggests he is on his way there.
We have also received a request from the Egyptian government to freeze the assets of several former Egyptian officials. We will of course cooperate with this request, working with EU and international partners as we have done in the case of Tunisia.
We have inherited a defence budget massively overcommitted, 38 billion pounds (45 billion euros) overcommitted over the next 10 years, so any responsible government has to do something about that. But we will remain a country with an independent nuclear deterrent, formidable intelligence agencies, with deployable armed forces around the globe.
We have inherited a defence budget that is massively over-committed. It is over-committed by 10 million pounds every day for the next ten years. So even if the defence budget was held constant, we would still have to make some important reductions. But at the end of all that, we will still have the third or fourth biggest defence budget in the world; we will still be a global military power.
As we set about rescuing the nation's finances, there will be painful and perhaps unpopular moments, but having taken on this responsibility, whatever is flung at us, each of us must see it through.
BP will decide on its own dividend, of course, it is a big, err, let's be clear, it has a big task in front of it, and it has had to work hard in recent weeks, it does have to do its utmost to stop this oil spill, to deal with it satisfactorily on a permanent basis.