§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the outcome of the recent conference of foreign Ministers of the conference on security and co-operation in Europe.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
At the meeting of the CSCE Council in Prague on 30 and 31 January, Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to pursue the objectives set out in the "Charter of Paris for a New Europe". They adopted the Prague document on the further development of CSCE institutions and structures to support this aim. The Ministers welcomed ten republics of the former Soviet Union as new participating states of the CSCE, and granted observer status to Croatia and Slovenia. At my suggestion, Ministers decided on the early despatch of a rapporteur mission to Armenia and Azerbaijan, and called for an interim report on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.