CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

FOREIGN POLICY – BALKANS – 9 June 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: The Secretary of State [George Robertson] will recall that I consistently supported the use of military action from the earliest stages of this crisis. I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman and his fellow Ministers on their steadiness under political fire. Does he agree that those of us who were concerned about the over-reliance on air power alone may not have been proven wholly wrong, in that what was crucial to the resolution of the crisis – as well as the proper use of air power in context – was the success of our diplomacy in bringing the Russians on side and the threat, which was becoming much clearer, that ground forces would be used if Milosevic did not comply?