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Geneva Disarmament Negotiations

Volume 79: debated on Wednesday 22 May 1985

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46.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent consultations he has had with the United States Secretary of State about the disarmament negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union in Geneva.

I meet Mr. Shultz regularly. Our most recent meeting was in Vienna on 15 May during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty.

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on the prospects for the next stage of the arms negotiations at Geneva.

We hope that the next round will see a serious and businesslike approach by the Soviet Union towards achieving the agreed objectives of the talks, which we fully support. But it will be wrong to expect that the talks will produce swift results on these complex issues.