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Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on progress in Her Majesty's Government's initiative concerning the neutralisation of Afghanistan ; and if he will list the Governments with whom he has been in contact.

The proposal is for a neutral and non-aligned Afghanistan not for neutralisation which implies a solution imposed against the will of the Afghan people. It has been discussed with a great many But throughout that period Britain has made an important contribution to world stability, and will continue to do so.