"Clear Voice in Europe”
In 2010, I was privileged to be appointed Personal Representative of the Chairman in Office of the OSCE - almost like a Roving Ambassador - by Kazakhstan, who held the rotating presidency that year. My remit was to draw up an extensive report on the environmental issues affecting the five Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. I travelled widely throughout Central Asia, visiting all 5 republics and also Afghanistan.
Catherine Ashton’s ill-judged visit to Tehran last month to appease the mullahs, fell apart almost before she stepped off the plane, as news emerged of Israel intercepting a ship from Iran carrying dozens of long-range surface-to-surface rockets, assault weapons and hundreds of thousands of bullets, destined for terrorists linked with the Iranian regime in Gaza. Iran is the world’s leading exporter and bankroller of terrorists and their cat and mouse attempts to persuade Ashton and others that they have no intention of producing nuclear weapons is farcical.
Struan gave the following speech on 15 March 2014 to the Scottish Conservative Party Conference in Edinburgh.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Struan delivered the following speech at the Strasbourg Plenary Session on Thursday 13 March 2014.
The news which arrived late last night of a breakthrough in the long-running mackerel war saga is a welcome relief for Europe's pelagic sector and in particular, for Scotland's mackerel fleet.
I would like to enquire from the High Representative for Foreign Affairs what she achieved in visiting Tehran last weekend? Her visit coincided with Israel's interception of a ship from Iran carrying dozens of long-range surface-to-surface rockets, assault weapons and hundreds of thousands of bullets, destined for Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Since the US military withdrawal from Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, egged on by his Shia puppeteers in Tehran, has escalated the daily intimidation of the predominantly Sunni al-Anbar province, with assassinations, bombings, arbitrary arrests and atrocities that finally drove the Sunni population onto the streets in protest. For the past 18 months, hundreds of thousands of people in Fallujah, Ramadi and other Anbar cities have mounted large demonstrations, calling for an end to corruption and the abuse of power by Maliki.
There is one thing that never ceases to amaze me after 15 years as a Member of the European Parliament and that is the weakness of the West when it comes to dealing with Iran. The fascist government in Tehran is one of the most evil regimes in the world today, abusing human rights and using repression, torture and a spiralling increase in executions to terrorise and subjugate the people. These are typical and commonplace signs of a dangerous and cornered authoritarian regime.
Last November I visited Kurdistan in Northern Iraq to see for myself the refugee camps they have set up to provide shelter for over 230,000 men, women and children fleeing from the bloody civil war in Syria.
The following speech was given to a conference entitled 'Water and Energy as Instruments for Peace' in Brussels and organised by the parliament's Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development on 28 January 2014.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
The following speech was delivered at the European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg on Monday 13 January 2014.
I very much welcome the need to enhance wildlife law enforcement and to give serious organised wildlife crimes the same level of penalty as human trafficking, weapons trafficking and drug running. To do this, we must of course increase support for range states to help them fight organised poaching and trafficking and to promote actively campaigns which aim to black-list illegal products.