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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:48 pm on 11th June 1998.

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Photo of Robin Cook Robin Cook Foreign Secretary 5:48 pm, 11th June 1998

I understand that the right hon. and learned Gentleman was busy running the Home Office and was not present in foreign affairs debates, but I assure him that, for two years, we persisted in demanding more robust action in Bosnia. Preparations on the options available for NATO have been made for some time. We have no intention of publicly announcing in advance what those options might be to prepare President Milosevic, but we have been preparing them. That is in stark contrast to the way in which the previous Government spent years before they finally geared themselves up to intervening in Bosnia.