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Helsinki Agreement

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the British Embassy in Moscow receives regular reports, or documents, giving details of alleged breaches of the Helsinki agreement by the Soviet authorities, from the Moscow Helsinki monitoring group.

No. But our embassy is fully aware of the contents of most of these reports and documents and they are taken into account in the regular six-monthly reports to the House on the implementation of the CSCE Final Act.

asked the Lord Privy Seal what provision is made for British embassies in Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Romania, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria, respectively, to receive regular reports or documents from Helsinki monitoring groups in each country giving details of alleged breaches of the Helsinki agreement.

British embassies in these countries have no difficulty in learning of the contents of most such reports and documents.