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New Hebrides

Volume 986: debated on Thursday 19 June 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the French sent 100 paramilitary troops to the New Hebrides without first notifying or discussing their proposed action with his Department.

The French Government did inform us that they were sending a contingent of gendarmes to Vila. This followed a joint recommendation from the two resident commissioners that British and French troop reinforcements should be sent to the New Hebrides to deal with any disturbances which might follow the death of Mr. Yolou.