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Disarmament Talks (Geneva)

Volume 15: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1981

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the United States Government have taken any steps to inform Her Majesty's Government about the negotiations taking place in Geneva between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The United States Government have made it clear that the close consultation undertaken in preparation for the start of the negotiations in the special consultative group, the NATO body responsible for INF—intermediate range nuclear forces—arms control, will continue as the negotiations proceed. Moreover, the INF negotiations were one of the main subjects of discussion at the ministerial meeting of the North Atlantic Council which both my right hon. and noble Friend and the American Secretary of State attended in Brussels on 10 and 11 December.