Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd May 1995.

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Photo of Malcolm Rifkind Malcolm Rifkind The Secretary of State for Defence 12:00 am, 2nd May 1995

The proper response must be determined by the UN commanders on the ground, who must take into account both the need to demonstrate to the Serbs or whomsoever may threaten the safe areas the unacceptability of such behaviour and the paramount obligation to ensure the safety of their own forces. Only on the basis of both those criteria being met is it appropriate to contemplate the sort of action at which I think that the hon. Gentleman was hinting.