asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards recommendation 373 of the Western European Union Assembly on European security and the South Atlantic.
The Government's policy and the policies of other member Governments of Western Europe Union to Assembly recommendation 373 are set out in the reply to the recommendation agreed by the Council on 24 March. Shortly after that date Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The recommendation called for political solutions to reduce tension and the Government's first priority has been to seek a peaceful political settlement on the basis of Security Council resolution 502. This still remains the fundamental aim of the Government although we do not rule out the possible use of force.