HC Deb 21 December 1988 vol 144 c268W
Mr. Dykes

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Soviet authorities expressing reluctance in the United Kingdom to support the proposal of a human rights conference in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1989 without a full solution of the problem of Refuseniks still unable to leave the Soviet Union.

Mr. Waldegrave

The Soviet authorities are already well aware of our long-standing view that agreement to a Moscow conference on human rights in 1991 is possible only in circumstances of a major improvement in the Soviet human rights performance. There have been encouraging signs recently, including over long-standing refusenik cases. We are currently pressing for more progress.

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