HC Deb 20 October 1976 vol 917 c1418
2. Mr. Aitken

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the future of British representation in Uganda.

Mr. Rowlands

I have nothing to add to my right hon. Friend's statement to the House on 28th July.

Mr. Aitken

Will the Minister comment on President Amin's recent statement, reported in the weekend Press, to the effect that he wishes to resume diplomatic relations with this country? Will the Minister assure the House that if any such request is formally received by Her Majesty's Government it will get a pretty dusty answer?

Mr. Rowlands

We have not received such a request and we have no intention of seeking one.

Mr. Townsend

Will the Minister confirm that the Russians still carry out an important rôle in Uganda and in part prop up the Amin régime, and that this gives them a strategic hold in Africa?

Mr. Rowlands

I could not confirm that situation without prior notice of such a question.

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