§ 40. Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action he is taking to facilitate the admission of Yugoslavia to the European. Free Trade Association.
§ The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. George Thomson)
At the Copenhagen meeting of the European Free Trade Association, Ministers accepted the Yugoslav Government's request for exploratory talks with a view to improving trade relations with the European Free Trade Association countries. They decided that the first phase of these talks should be conducted by the Council and the Secretary-General. On the basis of these discussions member Governments would decide how to pursue the matter further.
§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
I thank the Minister of State for his reply. Will he give a friendly reception to these approaches, which could be very beneficial to Yugoslavia and many of the rest of us?