HL Deb 19 May 1981 vol 420 c948WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they agree with the recent statement by the President of Mexico that peace could only be achieved in E1 Salvador through negotiations and that a military solution to the conflict is not feasible; and what steps they and other nations are taking to bring about the necessary negotiations.

Lord Carrington

We agree that a political solution is preferable to the continuing conflict, which is unlikely to be resolved militarily. The precise form of such a solution is for the Salvadoreans themselves to decide. Her Majesty's Government do not believe they can contribute at this time. We have no direct information on steps that may be being taken by other nations.

House adjourned at three minutes past eleven o'clock.