Long after this measure has been repealed people will remember 1992 in immigration and asylum terms, not for an ill-fated Bill but for the shameful way in which the Government responded to the Crisis in Bosnia.
It is certainly important that we do all within our power to prevent the internationalisation of the Crisis in Bosnia.
Does the Leader of the House accept that a debate on the Army on the eve of the local elections is not an ideal vehicle for the Foreign Secretary to report to the House on the efforts of Her Majesty's Government to resolve the continuing Crisis in Bosnia?
However, no hon. Member can be proud of the response to the Crisis in Bosnia of the world community which has shown indecision and division.
Mr. Simon Coombs: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Crisis in Bosnia.
In Budapest we debated an emergency motion about the Crisis in Bosnia.
I find it a rather curious feature of some of the discussions about the Crisis in Bosnia in the past few weeks that some people refer to the UN as if the UN were somebody else.
The recent developments in the resolution of the Bosnia Crisis are an example of sanctions being effective.
However, the United Nations was unable to resolve the Crisis in Bosnia by using purely its moral authority.
He should not make the heavy mistake of assuming that, this time, the international community will be as slow to react as it was in the early years of the Crisis in Bosnia.
The recognition of Slovenia and Croatia and the conflicts that followed led to the Crisis in Bosnia.
To give this Government and the international community some credit, we moved with a great deal more urgency than in the Bosnia Crisis, when it took five years, and ultimately bombs, before a peace was secured.
There is no point in feeding people and giving them shelter and medical care if we end up with appalling scenes such as the horrible picture that I am sure that we all remember emblazoned over the front of the newspapers during the Bosnia Crisis featuring a 19-year-old girl who had been raped and had hanged herself from a tree because she could no longer live with the trauma and felt that she had nobody to turn to.
One can usefully remember the sequence of the debate during and following the Bosnia Crisis in the mid-1990s.
Noble Lords will remember that in the Bosnia Crisis, in Kosovo and latterly in Afghanistan, we ourselves have been faced with the same dilemma.
I was the special adviser in the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office from 1993 to 1997 when the Bosnia Crisis was at its peak.
Will he tease out from the Secretary of State whether the EU's battle groups, which were heralded as the answer to such a Crisis in Bosnia, could be deployed to meet any crisis that arises?
Will he tease out from the Secretary of State whether the EU's battle groups, which were heralded as the answer to such a Crisis in Bosnia, could be deployed to meet any crisis that arises; otherwise, the battle groups are of no possible worth whatever?
One is very much Bosnia, and he knows that I have mentioned the political Crisis in Bosnia on many occasions in the past three years.