HC Deb 02 February 1979 vol 961 c570W
Mr. Churchill

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, in view of the attacks in recent weeks on villages in Somalia by Ethiopian aircraft, Her Majesty's Government will now reconsider their refusal to provide defensive military equipment to Somalia as already requested on two occasions by President Siad Barre.

Mr. Rowlands

The Government favour a peaceful negotiated settlement to the dispute between Ethiopia and Somalia. In present circumstances it is not Government policy to supply arms to either side. We hope that both parties will exercise restraint.