HC Deb 12 November 1987 vol 122 c240W
Mr. Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement of progress on the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe review conference at Vienna.

Mr. Mellor

Some progress has been made in negotiations on a final document, including in the areas of military security and economic cooperation. But movement on human rights and contacts has been painfully slow, despite protestations of good faith by the Eastern side. We are making it clear that without adequate progress in these areas there can be no agreement at Vienna. We wish to bring the meeting to a substantial and balanced conclusion by Christmas, if at all possible, but are prepared to go on longer if constructive work remains to be done.

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