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Antarctica

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is his intention to arrange any meetings with members of the Antarctic treaty before the special convening of all the Antarctic treaty parties in November.

We have no present plans to arrange formal meetings with other Antarctic treaty consultative parties before November.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if Her Majesty's Government intend to reconsider their position in the light of the decision by the New Zealand Government not to ratify the convention on the regulation of antarctic mineral resource activities; and if he will make a statement.

Our understanding is that the New Zealand Government have not decided against ratifying CRAMRA. Rather they have "set aside" the convention for the time being.Our position on CRAMRA is unchanged.