§ 20. Mr. Andrew MacKay
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a further statement on Government representations to the protagonists in the Gulf war.
§ 35. Mr. Randall
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, during his forthcoming visit to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, he will raise the subject of the war between Iran and Iraq.
§ 63. Mr. Tom Cox
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made, prior to his forthcoming visit to Moscow, of the 479W Soviet Government's attitude in the Gulf war; and whether he will take the opportunity to seek their assistance in trying to bring an end to the continuing conflict.
§ Mr. Rifkind
Soviet statements on the Gulf conflict suggest that the Soviet union shares with the West an interest in helping to bring the conflict to an end and in upholding the principle of free navigation. My right hon. and learned Friend expects to discuss the Gulf, among other international issues, during his visit to Moscow. While we do not expect to agree with the Russians on all aspects of the problem, my right hon. and learned Friend will put forward our view that diplomatic efforts are the right way to try and resolve this serious conflict.