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Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Prime Minister if she will discuss with the NATO Allies the possibility of supplying arms to those forces in Afghanistan which remain opposed to the present régime.

No. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has been discussed among NATO Allies, but our proposals for a response to the Soviet action have not included providing military assistance to those fighting in Afghanistan. The Russians have suggested that we and various other nations fomented trouble by supplying arms to the insurgents. This is completely untrue. It is Soviet action that has caused the war. We condemn their interference in Afghanistan.