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Mutually Balanced Force Reduction

Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in the light of the NATO meetings in London, if he will make a statement on further mutual balanced force reductions.

NATO Ministers meeting in London reaffirmed their support for the Western proposals in the MBFR negotiations, implementation of which would enhance peace and stability in Europe at a lower level of forces. We are still waiting for a satisfactory response to these proposals from the Warsaw Pact participants, and we hope that further progress can be made in the talks during the current round of negotiations which started earlier this month.