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France (Iranian Dissidents)

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the French Government with regard to the expulsion from France of Iranian dissidents;(2) whether he will seek assurances from the French Government that none of the Iranian dissidents to be expelled from France will be returned to Iran against their wishes; and if he will make a statement.

No. The UNHCR, as the protection power in this case, has been playing the leading role and has been in touch with the French authorities. We have fully co-operated with the UNHCR over the return to this country of one of the Iranians who has refugee status here.