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Africa (Russian And Cuban Presence)

Volume 950: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will now raise in the United Nations the Russian and Cuban military presence in Ethiopia and the denial of human rights in that country.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply my right hon. Friend gave him and the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Pentlands (Mr. Rifkind) on 26th April—[Vol. 948, cc. 1353–56.]—and to my reply to the hon. Member for Tynemouth (Mr. Trotter) on 10th April.—[Vol. 947, c. 331.]

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with individual African States or with the Organisation for African Unity with a view to raising at the United Nations the continuing involvement of Soviet and Cuban military personnel in the Angolan and Ethiopian civil wars.

My right hon. Friend has discussed the continued involvement of Soviet and Cuban military personnel in Angola and Ethiopia with African statesmen on numerous occasions. I would refer the hon. Gentleman to what my right hon. Friend said to the House on 26th April about referring this matter to the United Nations.—[Vol. 948, c. 1356.]

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to seek a debate at the United Nations on the current situation in Africa, having particular regard to the threat posed to British strategic and economic interests by the destabilising presence of Cuban troops in Angola.

I would refer the right hon. Gentleman to the reply my right hon. Friend gave to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Pentlands (Mr. Rifkind) on 26th April.—[Vol. 948, c. 1353–6.]