HC Deb 16 July 1997 vol 298 c185W
Mr. David Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to President Yeltsin concerning the law on freedom of conscience and religious associations passed by the Russian Parliament. [8450]

Mr. Doug Henderson

The EU Troika Ambassadors in Moscow carried out a demarche on Mr. Sidorov, the Deputy Foreign Minister, on 9 July. The demarche calls upon President Yeltsin not to allow the law to come into effect in its present form, since it appears to contravene both the Russian Constitution and Russia's OSCE and Council of Europe human rights obligations.

Mr. Sidorov confirmed that the EU demarche would be brought to President Yeltsin's attention.