HC Deb 22 July 1980 vol 989 c666W
Mr. Newens

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on British relations with Bolivia in the light of the recent Army coup in that country.

Mr. Ridley

Her Majesty's Government strongly deplore the military intervention in Bolivia, which followed peacefully and properly conducted elections in that country. We hope that this completely unjustified interruption of the democratic process will be shortlived. Foreign Ministers of the Nine have jointly condemned the coup; and Heads of European Community missions in La Paz have put on record with the military authorities their concern at the bloodshed already caused.