Oral Answers to Questions — Yugoslavia (European Free Trade Association)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1965.

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Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Cheltenham 12:00 am, 22nd November 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action he is taking to facilitate the admission of Yugoslavia to the European. Free Trade Association.

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

At the Copenhagen meeting of the European Free Trade Association, Ministers accepted the Yugoslav Government's request for exploratory talks with a view to improving trade relations with the European Free Trade Association countries. They decided that the first phase of these talks should be conducted by the Council and the Secretary-General. On the basis of these discussions member Governments would decide how to pursue the matter further.

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Cheltenham

I thank the Minister of State for his reply. Will he give a friendly reception to these approaches, which could be very beneficial to Yugoslavia and many of the rest of us?

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

Yes. We welcome these approaches.