§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Governments of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia respectively signed the charter of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe; and what discussions he or departmental officials have had with counterparts in the Baltic states over their accession to the treaty on conventional forces in Europe.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
The Presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania signed the charter of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe on 6 December.
Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence officials visited Estonia on 13 and 15 October to discuss a range of issues, including the treaty on conventional armed forces in Europe, the CFE treaty. We have had discussions at ambassadorial level with the Governments of the other Baltic states in their capitals and in Vienna. We expect to follow up these contacts with further visits in the new year. It is for the Baltic states themselves to decide whether to accede to the CFE treaty.