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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 representations he has received about the situation in Algeria; and if he will make a statement. [16559]

We have received numerous representations from NGOs and from members of the public in the United Kingdom expressing concern about the situation in Algeria.We share the widespread revulsion at events in Algeria and continue to be seriously concerned about the security situation there. We condemn the violence unreservedly and call on those responsible to end the appalling atrocities. The scope for international action is limited; we believe that more will be achieved through quiet diplomacy. We urge the Algerian Government and all interested parties to find an early solution to this major internal problem and encourage the government to continue along the democratic path.