§ Mr. Proctor
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Commonwealth countries expressed their support for the United Kingdom during the Falklands crisis; what principal measures were taken by each of those countries in support of the United Kingdom; which Commonwealth countries did not express such support; and what reasons they offered for so doing.
§ Mr. Onslow
The great majority of Commonwealth Governments publicly expressed their support for us during the crisis. Many also gave valuable, practical help in a number of different ways and we have conveyed our appreciation to the Governments concerned. The different responses from so varied a group of countries do not readily lend themselves to categorisation, but I am sending my hon. Friend selected extracts from statements by a number of Commonwealth leaders.
§ Mr. Proctor
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reasons were given by the Government of the Republic of Italy for not lending support to the United Kingdom during the Falklands operation.
§ Mr. Hurd
The Italian Government gave some useful support to the United Kingdom during the Falklands crisis. They failed to renew the economic sanctions which they imposed in the immediate aftermath of the Argentine invasion, but consistently condemned Argentine policies, and have maintained an arms embargo throughout.