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Soviet Jews (Emigration)

Volume 79: debated on Tuesday 21 May 1985

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asked the Prime Minister what action is being taken by Her Majesty's Government, in diplomatic negotiations with the Soviet Union, to assist emigration by Soviet Jews to Israel.

Both I and my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary raised these questions with Mr. Gorbachev last December. The Conference of Security and Co-operation in Europe experts' meeting on human rights which opened in Ottawa on 7 May and the meeting on human contacts in Berne next year will provide further opportunities to press the Soviet Union to fulfil their Helsinki commitments on family reunification.