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Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the lack of progress in investigating the disappearance of Mr. William Beausire was taken into account in coming to the decision to exchange ambassadors with Chile.

This was one of a number of aspects of our relations with Chile which were carefully considered before we decided that our best interests were no longer served by the absence of Ambassadors. The Chilean courts are continuing their investigations into Mr. Beausire's disappearance. The Chilean Government have given us assurances that they will give the legal tribunals maximum cooperation. Our ambassador will be ready to assist in whatever way he can.