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Published on Jul 21, 2015


The British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd says the time may come when it becomes unavoidable and inevitable to lift the arms embargo against the Bosnian Muslims.

But Hurd, speaking after meeting US Senate leader Robert Dole in London today ( Wednesday) said this would only happen if there was a failure to reach a negotiated settlement.

And he said the consequences of this would be "dangerous".

Senator Dole denied that there was a rift between him and the British government following his criticism of British peace efforts in Bosnia.

The Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd emerged after several hours of talks with the next US senate leader Robert Dole, saying Dole now had a better understanding of the consequences of the withdrawal of United Nations' troops from Bosnia.

Hurd said both he and the Prime Minister had told Dole in the strongest terms that "you cannot bomb combatants to the peace table" and that the use of air power in Bosnia is limited.

He added that troops should be kept on the ground as long as the good they do outweighs the risks they run.

But if this judgement changed and UNPROFOR had to pull out then the arms embargo may have to be lifted.

The consequences for Bosnia are the ones I have described. It may become inevitable, it may become unavoidable - the lifting of the arms embargo and the withdrawing of UNPROFOR but the consequences not least for the people of Bosnia themselves would I think be, to put it mildly, dangerous. ( Do you think it's approaching that point that it is unavoidable?) We will approach that point of it becoming unavoidable unless, in these coming weeks more urgently than before, we can really build up the pressures for a negotiated settlement. The pressures exist. The purpose of the Contact Group and any meetings that may follow the contact Group on Friday will be to build up these pressures to a maximum. We can't guarantee success. You're perfectly right. We can't guarantee success. What we know is that there will not be a military victory for either side in this contest therefore those that are seeking a negotiated settlement simply have to persevere.

SUPER CAPTION: Douglas Hurd MP, British Foreign Secretary

Senator Dole had came to London after addressing a Nato meeting of European foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday.

After meeting with Prime Minister Major he still felt the arms embargo must be lifted followed by air strikes.

Dole announced the US defence secretary William Perry was wrong to say the Bosnian Serbs had won the war and other options had to be tried because the conflict had gone on too long. But he said his sharp criticism of NATO's policy and British efforts to reach a peaceful settlement was not intended to fracture the alliance.


There isn't any rift between me and the Prime Minister. I'm not here to create any problem for the Prime Minister, for the British Government or for the British troops on the ground in Bosnia. I'm here as I have said before as I have been suggesting for months in the States and on the Senate floor that there are questions raised about the relevance of NATO in this instance. I'm a NATO supporter. I fought in World War 2, I understand how important it was to have NATO created after World War 2 and what's meant for Europe for the past 44 years. No wars. It's very important. But we've got to address the Bosnian issue. We're not trying to complicate it we're just trying to suggest other options.

SUPER CAPTION: Robert Dole, Republican Senate leader

Earlier in the day Senator Dole had met with the former British leader - Baroness Thatcher.

Afterwards she backed his call for a tougher stance on Bosnia.

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