§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the second meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the conference on security and co-operation in Europe in Helsinki on 6 to 9 July.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Helsinki provided a valuable opportunity for parliamentarians from 45 CSCE participating states and representatives of international organisations to meet and debate issues relating to co-operation and security in the CSCE area. The declaration adopted by the Assembly is an important statement of concern regarding conflicts in the CSCE area and also reflects the view of the Assembly that the CSCE has a key role in seeking to prevent and resolve such conflicts.