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Lithuania

Volume 171: debated on Friday 4 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Sajudis, the pro-independence movement in Lithuania.

Our officials have met members of Sajudis in London and the Soviet Union on a number of occasions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has made any representations to the Soviet Union about the situation in Lithuania.

We have constantly stressed the need for progress to be made through dialogue between the Soviet authorities and the Lithuanians, so that a settlement acceptable to both sides can be reached, enabling the Lithuanian people to decide their own future. We do not believe that coercive measures will contribute to such an outcome. We have emphasised that restraint is necessary on both sides.