HC Deb 29 January 1962 vol 652 c688
21. Sir Richard Pilkington

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will instruct the United Kingdom representative at the United Nations to raise the declared intention of Indonesia to attack Dutch New Guinea as a threat to peace.

Mr. Heath

No Sir. It is for the parties concerned to do so if they wish, but I think the United Nations Acting Secretary-General's endeavours to arrange negotiations offer a more satisfactory course to follow at present.

Sir Richard Pilkington

Would my right hon. Friend agree that if there were aggression against this State the next step would be aggression against Australian territory, and will he make plain our position?

Mr. Heath

We have made absolutely plain that we should deplore any attempt to settle the problem by the use of force.