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Zone Of Peace: Colombo Conference

Volume 413: debated on Wednesday 22 October 1980

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What decisions have been reached by the United Nations

ad hoc Committee on the Indian Ocean regarding the convening in 1981 of a conference at Colombo on establishing the ocean as a zone of peace, and whether Her Majesty's Government are supporting this proposal.

The United Nations ad hoc Committee is still considering this matter. The United Kingdom, like other members of the committee, is not convinced that such a conference would serve any useful purpose in the present international situation. We believe that the committee should continue its efforts to resolve the substantial difference between its members on the concept of the zone of peace.House adjourned at a quarter past eight o'clock.