After hours of heated argument, in the British House of Commons voted on Monday (17 March) in favour of a British boycott of this summer's Olympic games in Moscow.
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CU British Foreign Office Minister Douglas Hurd entering building
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Background: After hours of heated argument, in the British House of Commons voted on Monday (17 March) in favour of a British boycott of this summer's Olympic games in Moscow. The vote came on the same day as government officials from twelve countries began a meeting in Geneva to discuss the possibility of staging a rival games.
SYNOPSIS: The two-day meeting was organised by the United States, Britain and Australia, and was also attended by representatives from Kenya, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Sudan and the Dominican Republic. Other countries sent observers. The British Foreign Office Minister Douglas Hurd, said the conference would not take decisions.
Mr. Hurd said the conference would submit suggestions and possibly name proposed sites for international sports federations to consider. The United States Presidential Adviser, Mr. Lloyd Cutler, was to tell a news conference that his country might stage events in a proposed world sports festival.
After the first round of private talks, Mr. Cutler said the group felt that, if possible, they would like to conduct world-class competition in a variety of cities around the world, including one or more cities in the United States.