CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

FOREIGN POLICY – BALKANS – 10 March 1998

Dr Julian Lewis: The Foreign Secretary has referred to mistakes made in the past. I welcome the broad thrust of his remarks this afternoon, but does he agree that one mistake made by politicians on both sides of the House and by certain parts of the Foreign Office in the past was to regard President Milosevic as a moderating force on the excesses of the Bosnian Serbs? Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that, far from being a moderating force, he was an instigator of those excesses? Would he further agree that it is unwise to say "never" to the use of force, because, if the atrocities get worse, force will have to be used?