HC Deb 09 May 1983 vol 42 cc188-9W
Sir Bernard Braine

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, in the light of recent admissions of the Argentine junta concerning responsibility for up to 30,000 persons who disappeared in Argentina after the military takeover in 1976, and the evidence in the possession of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and Amnesty International that great numbers of such persons were tortured and murdered by the security forces and that these included British and other European Community citizens, he will now reconsider his decision not to co-ordinate action with other Community countries to insist on an accounting for these crimes, punishment of those responsible and appropriate reparation for the relatives.

Mr. Onslow

The presidency spokesman issued a joint statement in Bonn on 6 May on behalf of all member states of the European Community, including, of course, the United Kingdom, stressing that the question of human rights in Argentina and the fate of the missing people was of central importance. The statement added that the document issued by the military junta on 28 April was neither a sufficient nor final answer to the numerous representations to the Argentine Government made by member states of the Community asking for clarification of the fate of missing people, and that the member states therefore continued to urge the Argentine Government to give satisfactory clarification.