Below is the text of Mr Major’s doorstep interview in Washington, held on Friday 18th December 1992.
Prime Minister, what did you manage to achieve in the talks with President Bush this morning?
I think they were extremely productive talks, I think the most immediate outcome
of them is I believe we have put the GATT talks in Geneva back on track, there was
an agreement between President Bush, President Delors and myself that we should instruct
the negotiators to go back to the talks, beginning again in early January, and seek
to reach a substantive conclusion by mid-
President Delors was leaving no doubt that he thinks it is the Americans who should
make concessions now in services in the non-
When you are in negotiations everyone makes concessions, that is the way one reaches agreement, I do not think one can be certain that it is the Europeans, the Cairns Group, the Americans, we are now into multilateral negotiations, not bilateral, and I think there may need to be movement on many sides. But the important thing is the sheer political will to make sure we reach a settlement, very important for the world economy, that political will has been put there today.
How do you feel about the state of the special relationship after your telephone
call with President-
The special relationship, as you call it, is a very close relationship built on shared interests and it has been there for very many years, I do not have a shred of doubt that it will continue, not a shred of doubt.
Do you think that things will change in American foreign policy?
I think one must let President-
What about the UN Assembly decision today to step up the pressure on Yugoslavia, does that suggest that we are moving now towards tougher action?
I hope to have the opportunity of discussing that further over the weekend. I think many people will regard as unspeakable many of the things that have happened in Yugoslavia but what we must do is temper that instinctive reaction with practical measures that will assist and not damage the development of policy in Yugoslavia. I shall be discussing that over the weekend.