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Organisation Of American States

Volume 892: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made for Great Britain to be represented at the annual General Assembly of the Organisation of American States; what reply he has received; and if he will make a statement.

At the invitation of the Organisation of American States in 1973 Her Majesty's Government applied for observer status with that organisation. However, following the postponement of a decision on that application by the OAS General Assembly in April 1974, Her Majesty's Government withdrew their application. This postponement was brought about by certain Governments who have territorial disputes with Britain in the western hemisphere. Her Majesty's Government's decision in no way implies any lessening of their wish to have constructive bilateral relations with the members of the OAS.