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Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he had made of the arguments advanced in respect of the treatment of Iraqis on the "Call Robin Lustig" radio programme on 11 November, a copy of which has been sent to him; and if he will make a statement. [16028]

We have seen a transcript of the radio programme and noted with interest the wide variety of opinions that were expressed about Iraq.We continue to pursue a diplomatic solution to the stand-off with Iraq but Saddam Hussein must back down from his attempt to undermine Security Council resolutions. He must unconditionally resume co-operation with Unscom and comply with all relevant SCRs.