§ 77. Mr. Baldry
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Ethiopia.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
I visited Ethiopia from 6 to 9 November. The main purpose of my visit was to see the refugee camps in the Ogaden and on the Sudanese border. I also had talks with Ethiopian Ministers and officials and with representatives of the international and voluntary agencies. My main impression was of the appalling degree of human suffering which is being caused by the conflicts in Sudan and Somalia. We shall continue to do all we can to urge a peaceful resolution of these conflicts and, meanwhile, to ease the plight of the refugees.