§ Mr. Rowlands
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement on the recent United Nations debate on the future of Belize; and when he now expects to convene a constitutional conference to prepare for Belize's independence.
§ Mr. Ridley
In accordance with United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 35/20 of 11 November 1980, a constitutional conference will be convened in the near future with the intention of bringing Belize to early independence.
It remains the Government's objective to secure a negotiated settlement of the dispute with Guatemala. To that end, a proposal for a further meeting with Guatemalan representatives has been put to the Guatemalan Government.