HC Deb 20 May 1981 vol 5 c95W
15. Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Lord Privy Seal what are his plans for the development of British Middle Eastern policy when the United Kingdom takes over the Presidency of the EEC.

Sir Ian Gilmour

The situation in the area is constantly changing and we cannot predict now how the Ten will wish to take European efforts forward during our Presidency. We are determined to make a positive and helpful contribution if we can. The basis of our policy will remain the balanced principles of the Venice declaration of 13 June 1980.

23. Mr. Sainsbury

asked the Lord Privy Seal what progress has been made on the European Economic Community initiative to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Sir Ian Gilmour

Mr. van der Klaauw, representing the Dutch Presidency, has seen the Arab League secretary general, and visited Iraq, Syria, Jordon, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, the PLO leadership, the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia. He has discussed with them the practical implications of the principles set out in the Venice declaration. He has yet to consult other Arab States before reporting to his colleagues.

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