HC Deb 02 March 1994 vol 238 cc941-2
19. Lady Olga Maitland

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on current developments in Yugoslavia.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer that I gave earlier in reply to the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Ms Hoey).

Lady Olga Maitland

Will my right hon. and learned Friend tell the House when the joint British-American reconstruction programme in Sarajevo is due to begin? Does he agree that this came as a result of the very worthwhile talks between President Clinton and our own Prime Minister?

Mr. Hogg

The answer is soon and yes.

Mr. Austin-Walker

What action have the Government taken in respect of the aggressive and oppressive action by Serbia against the people of Kosovo? Will the Minister also comment on recent incursions across the Albanian border by Serbia-Montenegro?

Mr. Hogg

We deplore them. It is very difficult to see how Serbia will be readmitted fully to the community of nations unless and until civil and political rights in Kosovo are fully established.

Mr. Dickens

In respect of the former Yugoslavia, does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that Great Britain can stand tall? Were we not the first to send troops to that area? Were we not the the first to send medical supplies, food, airborne warning and communication system aircraft and ground monitoring equipment? As far as the world, NATO and the Security Council of the United Nations are concerned, Great Britain has really played its part 100 per cent.

Mr. Hogg

My hon. Friend and I are entitled to wrap the Union Jack about ourselves, and we do so.

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