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Nigerian Election: Representations

Volume 548: debated on Wednesday 14 July 1993

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What representations have been made to the Government of Nigeria about the annulment of recent elections in that country.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(Baroness Chalker of Wallasey)

I met the Nigerian High Commissioner on 24th June and informed him that we deplored the decision to annul the 12th June Presidential Election, and had decided to take a number of immediate measures to curtail military co-operation and the issue of visas to the Nigerian armed forces and to review our aid programme.My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary met the Nigerian Secretary for External Affairs on 30th June in London and again on 8th July in Tokyo. He restated our dismay at the cancellation of the results of the election and said that the measures announced on 24th June would not be lifted until a democratic civilian regime has been installed and was working unhindered. Meanwhile no new aid commitments for Nigeria will be made.