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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:20 pm on 11th June 1998.

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Photo of Robin Cook Robin Cook Foreign Secretary 5:20 pm, 11th June 1998

We have not, as yet, had any indication that Russia could support such a resolution. I very much hope that Russia would not choose to block such a resolution. It is worth recalling that Russia has now not vetoed a Security Council resolution for some half dozen years. I do not think that either Mr. Primakov or President Yeltsin would wish to break that very helpful moratorium on the veto by now using it to protect President Milosevic. One of the advantages of our meeting tomorrow is that Mr. Primakov will be present at the contact group, which will give us an opportunity of dialogue—in the hope that peer group pressure will get Russia to understand the strength of feeling in the rest of the international community.

Did my hon. Friend the Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) wish to intervene?