HC Deb 24 April 1985 vol 77 c448W
Mr. John Mark Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his visit to East Germany.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

I visited East Berlin and the German Democratic Republic from 8 to 10 April. I had talks with senior GDR Government figures, and met a wide cross-section of GDR society. I discussed East-West relations and arms control with Mr. Erich Honecker and the Foreign Minister. I made clear the West's sincere determination to achieve greater security for all at a lower level of weapons, through balanced and verifiable agreements. I indicated the strength of our concern for human rights, including the freedom to travel. We also discussed the prospects for an increase in bilateral trade.

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