HC Deb 02 December 1980 vol 995 c118W
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.

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