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Evans must address Yugoslav crisis and recognition issue: Hill



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Friday, August 23 Canberra 75/91

EVANS MUST ADDRESS YUGOSLAV CRISIS AND RECOGNITION ISSUE; HILL

The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Robert Hill, today said the Foreign Minister, Senator Evans, should address the crisis in Yugoslavia and in particular the question of the most appropriate time to recognise the evolving independent

states.

The Senate last night passed an Opposition motion calling on the Government to recall its Ambassador for talks on how it might support Yugoslavia's newly evolving independent states, including the most appropriate time to give diplomatic recognition.

"Despite Senator Evans's denial, last night's fiasco over the Government's position on my motion regarding Yugoslavia highlighted the indifference he and the Government have shown towards the continuing turmoil in Yugoslavia," Senator Hill said.

"The Government was fully aware of the final terms of the motion - including the paragraph referring to the recall of the

Ambassador - when debate started on August 15.

"On this day, Senator Loosley put the position the Government eventually adopted on the motion.

"Senator Evans had a whole week to consider the motion, but he obviously gave it little if no attention.

"This lack of attention to the motion is indicative of his and the Government's overall indifference to the grave situation in Yugoslavia.

"It is time the Minister ended his indifference towards the crisis, took note of the resolution of the Senate, and recalled the Ambassador for consultation.

"This action would allow the Government to receive the latest and most detailed information and would signal to Belgrade that Australia regards the ongoing violence as intolerable."

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Enquiries: Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170

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