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Volume 589: debated on Thursday 7 May 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether, if General Abacha is the sole candidate at the forthcoming presidential election, they will consult with other members of the Commonwealth to see if there is any consensus on additional measures which ought to be taken to persuade Nigeria to adhere to the terms of the Harare Declaration. [HL1656]

Both the Commonwealth and the EU have undertaken to consider additional measures if Nigeria has not completed a credible transition to civilian democratic government by October. We are already consulting our Commonwealth and EU partners as well as the US on possible options.