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Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I will give way to my hon. Friend for the last time.

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I do not agree with that at all. The energy that my hon. Friend and other right hon. and hon. Members spend on European matters in the House refutes my hon. Friend's thesis. The essential decisions—changes in the treaty, anything to do with foreign policy, defence, home and justice matters—are taken by unanimity. My hon. Friend can hold me to ransom; I am responsible to him and my voice,...

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Some did not, but most did. That deal was in our interests. I do not accept that national Parliaments do not have a role—they do. Many national Parliaments, including most people in this one, would like it to be a stronger role. It is difficult to work out the practical ways of achieving that, but we have to try to do it. Some of the ideas that I set out to the Select Committee this...

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: No, I have given way to my hon. Friend already. The institutions that I have talked about are better suited to a Europe of nations than a united states of Europe. Yet we must acknowledge that neither in this country nor elsewhere do those institutions have a firm hold on the loyalties or even sometimes the respect of the peoples whom they exist to serve. That is not because people have...

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: That was not quite what I expected from my right hon. Friend. I learnt a great deal from him 20 years ago. I have forgotten some of it—whether to my benefit or not, I am not sure. I am grateful—or I think that I am grateful; it will need a little further study later—for what my right hon. Friend has said. In conclusion, I believe that the record of the last few years and the change in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU Reflections Group (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The Prime Minister set out the Government's approach to the intergovernmental conference in his speech in Leiden, and in the House on 1 March. That is the basis on which the Minister of State will operate in the study group. The study group is designed to prepare options for the conference; the start of the IGC itself is at least seven months away.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU Reflections Group (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We want to make a success of British membership of the European Union, and that means that in preparing for the IGC there are certain specific things that we aim to achieve and to persuade others to achieve, and certain other things that we say that we shall not do, and would not accept if others put them forward. That is the line that my hon. Friend has begun to set out in the reflections...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU Reflections Group (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: No member state can be compelled to accept any change in the Maastricht treaty. That treaty foreshadowed certain subjects that would need to be considered again, but it did not impose an obligation on any member state to accept any change.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU Reflections Group (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Despite the blandishments of the Leader of the Opposition when he spoke in Bonn recently, I have the rather strong impression that that is not the Federal Chancellor's view. However, the British people will make the decision. We are entirely relaxed about the timing of the IGC. As the Prime Minister said in the speech that I have already mentioned, the Maastricht treaty has been in force for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU Reflections Group (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The hon. Gentleman is creating in his question a crisis where no crisis exists. The paper to which he referred is still in my pending tray. We are not aiming for a crisis. We aim for steady progress towards the kind of European Union with which the Government and the British people are at ease—a Europe of nations dedicated to opening markets, to free trade and to the institutions of Europe...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I have been in close touch with counterparts about the future of the UN force in Bosnia and the detention of UN troops by the Bosnian Serbs. We have been holding talks in London with the Russian Foreign Minister, Mr. Kozyrev, in the past two days. The new French Foreign Minister will visit me this evening and that will no doubt be our main topic of conversation. While the release of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The Bosnian Serbs are in breach of those codes by detaining the hostages in the first place. We are applying pressures, both direct and indirect, to bring about their unconditional and immediate release. There has been some progress, although not yet enough. While people are held, they should be treated decently, and access by the Red Cross should be allowed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We had a meeting at ministerial level last week, and I am sure that we shall need another such meeting before long.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Mr. Kozyrev said yesterday that he had been reassured by the explanations on that point. The draft resolution, which will need to go before the Security Council, will be designed to lift the ceiling of UNPROFOR, which is defined in the present resolutions and is too low, but it will not need to change the mandate. There is plenty of scope in the mandate for useful work by the reinforcements...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Our aim is not to withdraw troops; our aim is to make a success of the present exercise. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and others have said for a long time that that is our aim and our wish. One can conceive of circumstances in which that becomes impossible, in which case, obviously, we would need to withdraw. I think that then the arms embargo would probably be lifted, that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The Prime Minister gave that assurance to the House in the debate last week.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We do not at the moment have the greatest number of troops; the French have the greatest number of troops, although my hon. Friend is right to say that, when the full reinforcements that have been promised are in place, we shall probably have the greatest number. The Prime Minister set out in the debate last week—I believe he had general support on both sides of the House—two main reasons...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The debate in the House last week showed the House at its best. It was entirely right that anxieties were expressed, because anxieties exist; I believe that we all feel them. However, it was also right that the great majority of voices should support the line that we are taking. We will hold to that line.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cyprus (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We believe that the present division of Cyprus is unacceptable. We are actively supporting the United Nations Secretary General's mission of good offices, which offers the best hope for a just and lasting solution. Exploratory discussions between representatives of the two communities in Cyprus were held in London on 21 to 23 May. We are encouraging both sides in Cyprus to approach future...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cyprus (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: In the past few years we have expended a lot of energy pursuing both the specific points that the hon. Lady mentioned. My colleagues and I are continually in touch with the President of Cyprus and the Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Mr. Michaelides, to discuss how we can help the two communities to reach a necessary agreement. We believe in one Cyprus with two communities and a federal...


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