My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is in frequent consultation with European partners and with other interested governments on all aspects of the current Crisis in Former Yugoslavia.
With the greatest respect to the hon. Lady, it is positively carping and misleading to claim that the British are not responding on all possible fronts to the desperate Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia.
I beg to move,That this House regrets that the response of the European Community, and notably Her Majesty's Government, since it has assumed the Presidency, to the Crisis in Former Yugoslavia has been too little and too late; is appalled by the continuing slaughter in Bosnia-Herzegovina; is deeply concerned about the impact of winter in Sarajevo and other cities, where failure to protect and stockpile food will be paid for in lives; condemns the barbaric policy of ethnic cleansing; considers that the first priority must he to suppress the ferocity of the fighting by taking over the air space above Bosnia-Herzegovina under UN mandate and if necessary using it to prevent the use of heavy weapons and aircraft for offensive purposes; calls for the effective policing of the Danube to enforce sanctions; congratulates British troops on humanitarian protection for relief convoys; insists however that they must have full capacity for retaliation including, if necessary, air cover; insists that Her Majesty's Government must respond much more generously to the refugee problem, both financially and in the numbers accepted; is deeply concerned that the conflict may soon spread to Kosovo and Macedonia; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to co-ordinate a European Community wide strategy for refugees as proposed by Germany and for further urgent and appropriate action.
I beg to move, to leave out from "House" to the end of the Question and to add instead thereof: "congratulates the European Community and notably Her Majesty's Government in its capacity as Presidency on its unremitting work for a solution of the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia; is appalled by the continuing slaughter in Bosnia-Herzegovina; is deeply concerned about the impact of winter in Sarajevo and other cities and the need to ensure the safe passage of relief supplies to them; expresses its warm support for the work of British troops in providing protective support for relief convoys and is reassured to know that they will have the full right to self-defence; condemns the barbarous policy of ethnic cleansing; calls for the effective policing of the Danube to enforce sanctions; welcomes Her Majesty's Government's response to the refugee problem; is deeply concerned that the conflict may spread to Kosovo and Macedonia; and makes clear its strong support for the work of the international conference on the former Yugoslavia under the leadership of Lord Owen and Mr. Cyrus Vance.
The United Kingdom has not provided any direct aid to the Slovenian Government for the assistance of displaced people but we have instead provided support to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who co-ordinates the international community's response to the humanitarian Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia.
Mr. Garel-Jones: We share the Western European Union assembly's concern at the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia.
Mr. Archie Hamilton: During his recent visit to the United States, my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence discussed a wide range of issues including the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia.
] Does he agree with me that, although it is entirely right that the House should be concerned about the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia, many millions of our fellow human beings throughout the world are suffering poverty, malnutrition and starvation as a result, in large part, of the unfair trading patterns in the world?
I believe that the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia would be much less serious if we had a commonwealth of Europe in which it could find a place without having in place of the iron curtain a gold curtain or a deutschmark curtain, which means that, if one cannot fit in with the policies, one is not acceptable.
The Prime Minister: The European Community has, since the beginning of the Crisis in Former Yugoslavia, made available £397 million for humanitarian relief.
That meeting will focus on the latest detailed analysis of the needs of displaced people and others affected by the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia, including Slovenia and Croatia.
what assessment he has made of changes in their policy and actions towards the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia; what changes he considers to be still required; and if he will make a statement.
to what extent there have been changes in their policy and actions towards the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia; if he will list the changes still required; and if he will make a statement.
I shall set out a number of areas in which our policy has been developed since the White Paper was published, but I shall first say something about recent developments in Russia and the continuing Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia.
I emphasise the fact - again, this will come as no surprise to my right hon. Friend - that I strongly deprecate the fact that the House has not been given the opportunity more often to debate the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia and, in particular, the terrible events in Bosnia.
Is it not the case that the really urgent subject that needs the immediate attention of the House is the developing Crisis in Former Yugoslavia and particularly Bosnia, especially as, in recent days, three British soldiers were wounded, one seriously, and two French soldiers belonging to the United Nations Protection Force were killed?
The House will be familiar with the many tragic events that have led to the present Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia.
My Government continued to be at the forefront of attempts to find a lasting solution to the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia.