§ 29. Mr. Robert Hicks
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any fresh proposals for resolving the Gulf crisis; and if he will make a statement.
§ 30. Mr. James Lamond
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on developments in the Gulf crisis.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
Since Iraq's invasion of Kuwait on 2 August, we and many others have made sincere efforts to bring the Gulf crisis to a peaceful solution on the basis of the relevant Security Council resolutions. Those efforts have been redoubled in the last days, notably by Secretary Baker's meeting with Tariq Aziz on 9 January and by the United Nations Secretary-General's visit to Baghdad on 13 January. Iraq has utterly failed to respond positively to any of these initiatives. We continue to urge Iraq to choose the path of peace. But the 15 January deadline was a real one. If Iraq does not withdraw from Kuwait it will be forced to do so.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on President Menem's decision to send Argentine warships to join the multi-national forces in the Gulf.
§ Mr. Garel-Jones
We welcome and support President Menem's decision to make a contribution. Accordingly522W and exceptionally, we are allowing a limited supply of essential maintenance spares for an Argentine Meko class destroyer and frigate now deployed as part of the Argentine contribution to the Gulf. This is an exception to, but not a change of, policy on the supply of military-related equipment to Argentina.