§ 21. Mr. Nicholas Winterton
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations with Argentina and the future sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.
§ Mr. Hurd
Co-operation between Britain and Argentina has developed well since 1990. Our exports in the first 10 months of 1994 rose 35 per cent.
My hon. Friend, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, visited the Falkland Islands last weekend. He reassured the islanders that we will continue to uphold their right to self-determination and are not prepared to discuss sovereignty with Argentina.
We have co-operated with Argentina over fisheries conservation since 1990 and we are now examining the prospects for co-operation over oil.