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Famine Aid To Ethiopia

EDM number 1019 in 2009-10, proposed by Harry Cohen on 04/03/2010.
Categorised under the topics of Africa, International development and International politics and government.

That this House notes the report by Martin Plant, Africa Editor for the BBC World Service, that aid money including that raised from the Live Aid concerts, to combat widespread famine in Ethiopia in 1984-85 was siphoned off by rebels to buy weapons; that, because the then Soviet Union supported the Ethiopian government, the United States under President Reagan issued its National Security Directive 75 which declared that `US policy will seek to limit and destabilise activities of Soviet Third World allies and clients', and that from this the BBC report concludes that `the suggestion cannot be ruled out that the CIA not only knew about, but supported, the diversion of aid fund'; and considers that, if this were the case, it was a monstrous act by the then US authorities, betraying the trust and generosity of the millions of people who supported the aid effort, and resulting in the deaths of Ethiopian famine victims who could, with the proper application of those funds, have been saved.

This motion has been signed by a total of 25 MPs.

Harry Cohen04/03/2010Leyton and WansteadLabourProposed
Jeremy Corbyn05/03/2010Islington NorthLabourSeconded
David Drew05/03/2010StroudLabourSeconded
Andrew George05/03/2010St IvesLiberal DemocratSeconded
Robert Wareing08/03/2010Liverpool, West DerbyIndependentSeconded
Rudi Vis08/03/2010Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSeconded
Alan Meale08/03/2010MansfieldLabourSigned
Mike Hancock09/03/2010Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Flynn09/03/2010Newport WestLabourSigned
Ann Cryer09/03/2010KeighleyLabourSigned
Martin Caton09/03/2010GowerLabourSigned
Lindsay Hoyle09/03/2010ChorleyLabourSigned
Alan Simpson09/03/2010Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
John McDonnell10/03/2010Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell10/03/2010Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Michael Connarty10/03/2010Linlithgow and East FalkirkLabourSigned
Mark Durkan10/03/2010FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Mark Williams10/03/2010CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Dai Davies10/03/2010Blaenau GwentIndependentSigned
John Hemming11/03/2010Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Kelvin Hopkins12/03/2010Luton NorthLabourSigned
Betty Williams15/03/2010ConwyLabourSigned
Bill Etherington17/03/2010Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Neil Gerrard18/03/2010WalthamstowLabourSigned
Michael Clapham29/03/2010Barnsley West and PenistoneLabourSigned

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