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East Timor

Volume 12: debated on Wednesday 11 November 1981

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he now sees any scope for Her Majesty's Government to assist the Government of Portugal in seeking a peaceful settlement to the situation in East Timor; and whether any steps are being taken in this regard.

We believe it is primarily for the Indonesian and Portuguese Governments to bring about the conditions for a settlement of the East Timor question and that both desire a peaceful settlement. We would be prepared, naturally, to do whatever we usefully could to help, if the two parties felt this would assist their efforts.