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Bosnia (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: My hon. Friend will be the first to acknowledge that General Rupert Smith, the commander of UNPROFOR on the ground, must have a say in that. We cannot have NATO intervening from the air on some sort of report which is not validated by the British general on the ground, when it is the safety of the UN forces which the whole exercise is designed to promote. That is the case for the dual key. My...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU-US Relations (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The United States is the European Union's most important international partner. With annual trade between the two sides at more than $200 billion and a total of some $450 billion invested in each other's markets, it is also Europe's most important trading partner. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and President Clinton agreed in Washington that Europe and north America should work...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU-US Relations (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I certainly hope that those prospects will become a reality. The new World Trade Organisation rules require that any such free trade areas should be genuinely free and cover substantially all trade, which would need to include such sensitive sectors as agriculture and textiles, so it will not be entirely easy. We see a useful role for Europe and north America acting as pathfinders, working...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU-US Relations (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I agree. As I said to my hon. Friend the Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Waterson), various steps can be taken and we hope to act as pathfinders in that direction.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The pace of progress has been disappointing, but those involved with the Palestinian track are still edging forward. There is a prospect of agreement on holding elections and the accompanying Israeli withdrawal from west bank towns by the end of June. Mr. Yasser Arafat's moves to clamp down on terrorism have clearly had some positive effect.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I am sure that the whole House would condemn all recent violence in these disputes, from whatever quarter. One good thing has shone through: despite all the difficulties and tragedies, both sides have committed themselves to press on with negotiations and not to abandon the peace process. As-the hon. Gentleman knows, the next step is to complete talks on elections and the redeployment of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Yes, I would. They are among those who are seeking to sabotage the peace process. They should therefore be opposed and support should be withheld from them by everyone.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Yes. We believe, as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister made clear when he was there, that all settlement building should be stopped because it is illegal and an obstacle to peace. We are concerned about the decision to expropriate land in Jerusalem. It is contrary to United Nations Security Council resolutions and to the spirit of the declaration principles. We and our European partners...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I certainly believe that the flow of help for Mr. Arafat, now that he has administrative responsibilities, from his Arab brothers has been disappointing. They still have disagreements with him—as, indeed, do we because of his stance in the Gulf war—but it is important that he should be sustained in his efforts to run the Gaza strip, Jericho and eventually the rest of the west bank in a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his appointment to the Opposition Front Bench. I entirely agree with him. The total European package—which is in addition to the British package, to which we have added from time to time—totals 500 million ecu over five years. It is for specific projects—education, housing, technical assistance, the rehabilitation of those who have been detained, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The United Nations Security Council can modify sanctions against Iraq only when it is satisfied that Iraq has complied with the relevant United Nations resolutions. The Iraqi Government know what they have to do. We look to them for early action. We are deeply concerned about the plight of the Iraqi people. Working closely with the United States and Argentina, and in response to concern...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: That is the position at the moment. My hon. Friend rightly draws attention to the outstanding points. With regard to weapons of mass destruction, I draw particular attention to biological weapons, on which much remains to be done, and to possible nuclear research programmes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The hon. Gentleman has been ingenious in bringing that subject into the scope of the question. We have spoken to the Turks expressing our concern about their incursion into Iraq. Turkey has explained the reasons, which have nothing to do with sanctions against Iraq or oil facilities but are concerned with its struggle against the PKK in south-eastern Turkey. Turkey has begun to withdraw and I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: That is indeed the dilemma, which is why we have acted to find a sensible way through it and to show again, more comprehensively—more generously, one could say—that the Security Council is willing to allow Iraq to sell oil even under its present Government, provided that the proceeds are used partly for compensation and partly to feed the Iraqi people and to supply them with drugs and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Not enough. My hon. Friend has taken a keen personal interest in the problem for many years, and she is right that any relaxation of the import embargo will depend on the Iraqi Government's complying with all the resolutions, including those concerning the Kuwaiti detainees still unaccounted for.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Weapons (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I spoke to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty review and extension conference on 18 April. For 25 years the treaty has been the cornerstone of our efforts to prevent proliferation and it has succeeded in limiting the number of states with a nuclear weapons capability. We therefore want to make the treaty permanent by agreeing in New York its indefinite extension. That is supported by all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Weapons (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I will not seek to emulate my hon. Friend. I noticed the remarks of the hon. Member for Islington, North (Mr. Corbyn) in the House yesterday, when he said that nuclear weapons were "expensive, immoral and unjustifiable". That used to be the view of all his party. It is only fairly recently that the Labour party has come to support the Trident programme, as we do. The hon. Member for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Weapons (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We have had an argument on this matter in this country—and rightly so—year after year. I do not say that there is a consensus because the hon. Gentleman is not part of one, but there is an overwhelming feeling that we need to maintain a minimum—and it is a minimum— national nuclear deterrent, as envisaged in the treaty, so there is no pressure on us from abroad from to follow the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Weapons (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I hope that it may be possible before too long for the Israeli Government to make some move on this. I put it in those terms because I understand the difficulties that the Government of Israel face, just as I understand the criticisms made, for example, by the Egyptian Government of that stance. I am therefore not pressing—and the British Government are not pressing—for the impossible or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Weapons (3 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: There will inevitably be continued reviewing and monitoring of progress, as there always has been. I do not think that that is the real obstacle. The real obstacle is not anything that Britain or France do or do not do. It is the one that my hon. Friend the Member for Bexleyheath (Mr. Townsend) referred to regarding the middle east—there is a slightly similar, though larger, obstacle as...


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