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Volume 978: debated on Thursday 7 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if Her Majesty's Government accept the reply of the United Nations special rapporteur that over the past year the situation of human rights in Chile has deteriorated in certain respects; and, if so, in what ways it is anticipated that the return of an ambassador to Chile will assist in furthering the Chilean Government's realisation of the international concern about this situation.

We are aware of the view expressed in this report that the rate of improvement in the human rights situation in Chile has slowed considerably during the past year. Our concern was evident from our vote in favour of the recent United Nations General Assembly's resolution. The return of an ambassador to Chile will assist us in making Her Majesty's Government's views known to the Chilean Government at the highest level.