§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the outcome of the meeting in Riyadh between the Gulf Co-operation Council and the European Union concerning Iraq and Bosnia.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We welcome the statement following the ministerial meeting between the EC and GCC Foreign Ministers in Riyadh on 8 May. Ministers condemned Iraq for its failure to implement Security Council resolutions in full and its policy of selectivity in implementing such resolutions. They also expressed their concern at the continued repression of the civilian population by the Iraqi regime.
On Bosnia, both sides welcomed the Washington agreement on a Bosniac/Croat federation, and expressed full support for the efforts of the international community to reach a negotiated settlement in the basis of the EU action plan, and underlined the need for their countries to contribute to the political and economic reconstruction of the former Yugoslavia after a settlement. The GCC Ministers separately called for the lifting of the arms embargo for the Bosnian Government.