§ Dr. Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of attacks by units of the Soviet armed forces and Ministry of the Interior troops on targets in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in May and June; and if he will make representations to the Soviet authorities to withdraw all armed forces from the Baltic republics.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We have received several accounts of these attacks from our embassy and other sources. We have left the Soviet authorities in no doubt of our strong feelings about them. In the conclusions of its meeting at Luxembourg on 29 June, the European Council expressed its deep concern at the continued acts of intimidation and violence which had taken place in the Baltic states since the events in January, most recently in Vilnius on 26 June. The Council appealed for serious negotiations to be engaged between the Soviet authorities and the three Baltic states to find a solution which would fulfil the legitimate aspirations of the Baltic peoples.