Mozambique

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th November 1975.

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Photo of Malcolm Rifkind Malcolm Rifkind , Edinburgh Pentlands 12:00 am, 26th November 1975

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he intends to have in the near future with the Foreign Minister of Mozambique.

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Norwich North

My right hon. Friend has no immediate plans for discussions with Mr. Chissano. I had a discussion with him when he passed through London on 1st September. We hope to have discussions about aid questions with the Mozambique Government as soon as they are ready.

Photo of Malcolm Rifkind Malcolm Rifkind , Edinburgh Pentlands

Will the Minister inform the House what progress has been made towards implementing the Government's announced policy of seeking to help Mozambique implement full sanctions against Rhodesia? Will he give an assurance that the United Kingdom will not accept any commitment in this respect that will not be equally shared by our colleagues and allies in the United Nations?

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Norwich North

Although the Government of Mozambique through the Foreign Minister have announced in the General Assembly that they would fulfil their "international duty", to quote them, they have taken no decision, certainly no action, in relation to sanctions. We have made clear to the Government of Mozambique that we are ready to help them in their development as a new country in any case. I made this very clear to Mr. Chissano, and we have offered to send a team to discuss an aid programme as soon as the Mozambique Government are ready to receive it.

Photo of Mr Eldon Griffiths Mr Eldon Griffiths , Bury St Edmunds

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that one of his colleagues has already said that there will be no call on British aid to Mozambique in order to help make restitution for those British properties confiscated by the Mozambique Government? Will the right hon. Gentleman think again about this matter?

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Norwich North

Certainly I shall have a discussion with my hon. Friend about this. We are of course concerned if there are cases where property has been appropriated, and if the hon. Gentleman has any particular details I shall look at them very carefully.