HC Deb 22 November 1965 vol 721 c21
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?

Mr. Thomson

Yes. We welcome these approaches.