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British Position on Soviet Jews Made Clear to Moscow, Mp Told

July 14, 1971
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A Conservative MP asked the Government yesterday to make high-level representations to the Soviet Government on the matter of Soviet Jews denied emigration. He was advised that such representations have been made on several occasions. Hugh Dykes was told by Anthony Kershaw, Under-Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, that protests over denial of emigration, political trials of Jews and the exclusion of Western journalists from the trials had been made to senior Soviet officials. Whey Dykes suggested that it be done at a higher level “so it is made clear to the Soviet Union the total abhorrence felt in this country” over the situation of Soviet Jewry, Kershaw replied the Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home had often done so. Kershaw added that the British UN Ambassador has made the British position on the matter absolutely clear there as well.

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