HC Deb 05 June 1992 vol 208 c673W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent proposals have been received from the United States Government on the establishment of a multilateral co-operation council to control high technology export involving member countries of the COCOM group and states from the former Warsaw pact.

Mr. Douglas-Hogg

COCOM countries have been considering how to respond to the collapse of the Warsaw pact and the break-up of the Soviet Union. In this context the US Government recently proposed the creation of an informal body in which COCOM members could enter into a dialogue with states of the former Warsaw pact on the control of sensitive technologies.

At a high level meeting of COCOM on 1 June, member countries decided to invite those COCOM-proscribed destinations which have embarked on political reform to join them in an informal COCOM co-operation forum on export controls. The primary objective of the forum will be to encourage countries to implement effective export controls, with a view to providing them with significantly wider access to COCOM-controlled goods and technology.

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