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European Foreign Policies

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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55.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his European Community partners concerning the development of common European foreign policies.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that my right hon. and learned Friend gave my hon. Friend the Member for Esher (Mr. Taylor) on 18 November. On 23 November my right hon. and learned Friend attended a meeting of European Community Foreign Ministers. East-West matters, the middle east, the Iran-Iraq war and Libya's involvement in the Eksund arms shipment were discussed. The Foreign Ministers issued statements on South Africa's military incursion into Angola, on the peace process in Central America and on the elections in Haiti. Further discussions on foreign policy matters took place at the European Council held in Copenhagen on 4–5 December. Statements were issued on East-West, the middle east and Afghanistan. Copies of all these statements have been placed in the Library of the House.