Below is the text of Mr Major's second statement, made in Downing Street, on Monday 19th August 1991 on the Soviet Union situation.
Prime Minister, any further developments you can tell us about?
There isn't a great deal I can add to what I had to say earlier today. As today has progressed, I think it has become clearer that what we have actually seen in the Soviet Union is a straightforward common-
I have had two conversations today with President Bush and a number of conversations with European leaders in both East and West Europe.
I think it is very important we coordinate our position, very important that we pool our information over the days and weeks ahead.
I had a particularly interesting conversation with the Prime Minister of Poland and I think tomorrow at the discussions at the European Community Foreign Ministers' meetings a number of matters will be raised. I think the question of speeding-
Have you had any indication at all about the nature of the new regime and are you any less gloomy about the prospects?
No, I have had no particularly fresh information about that. It is clearly, as I said earlier, a hard-
What do you think will be the next most significant event?
I can't tell you yet. Events may move very swiftly. It is impossible to say. I think we will have to wait and see.
What do you make of the ambassador in this country's apparent assertion that there are going to be continued reforms and so on in the Soviet Union?
Well I hope that is true. We have supported reform in the Soviet Union for many years in the past; we hope we are going to see reform. The future prosperity of the Soviet Union depends upon there being reform. It is in their interest to have reform; it is in the West's interest to see reform; whether it happens, we must wait and see. The omens at the moment are not propitious.