HC Deb 25 November 1953 vol 521 cc349-50
36. Mr. Warbey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the discrepancy between the terms of the 16-nation declaration on Korea, and the provisions of the United Nations Charter for dealing with threats to, or breaches of, the peace; and whether he will take steps to have the 16-nation declaration suitably amended.

Mr. Nutting

No, Sir. The joint policy declaration is in no way inconsistent with the United Nations Charter. The second part of the hon. Member's Question does not therefore arise.

Mr. Warbey

May we take it from that reply that in the event of any incidents occurring in Korea likely to lead to a breach of the peace, whether it comes from the Communists or from Syngman Rhee, the first act of the Government would be to refer the matter to the Security Council of the United Nations for investigation and action?

Mr. Nutting

The hon. Gentleman can take it from that reply that the Security Council resolution of 27th June, 1950, is still in force and that all that the 16 nations have done in their declaration is to announce that if the aggression were to be renewed their own resistance to aggression would be renewed also. In the event of a breach of the armistice from the South Korean side the Government are in no way committed to any action.