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Foreign Ministers (Meeting)

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent meeting of Foreign Ministers from the EEC, Central American and Contadora countries, in Luxembourg.

The Luxembourg meeting, which my right hon. and learned Friend and my right hon. and noble Friend the Minister of State attended, was a practical demonstration by the members of the European Community of support for the Contadora peace process. Political and economic agreements with the Central American states were successfully concluded. The European Community agreed to increase substantially aid to promote economic co-operation in the region.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a United Kingdom Minister will be attending next year's meeting of European Economic Community and Central American Foreign Ministers to be held in Guatemala; what consideration will be given to the absence of consular and diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Guatemala; and if he will make a statement.

Our representation at the next meeting of the European Community, Central America and the Contadora states in Guatemala will be considered in due course in consultation with our European partners. We hope the election of a democratic Government in Guatemala will facilitate a resumption of official relations for which we have always been ready.