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Western European Union

Volume 171: debated on Friday 27 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues were discussed during the meeting of the Western European Union in Brussels on 27 April.

My right hon. Friends, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Secretary of State for Defence, attended the ministerial council of Western European Union in Brussels on 23 April. They had a useful exchange of views with Foreign and Defence Ministers from other WEU member states covering progress towards Germany unification, the prospects for a coventional forces in Europe agreement and a conference on security and co-operation in Europe summit, co-operation on arms control verification, and future defence co-operation. They reaffirmed the need for United States and Canadian troops to continue to be stationed in Europe, and the importance of Western European Union and the north Atlantic alliance in which a united Germany would take its place alongside its fellow members.