HC Deb 17 June 1963 vol 679 cc25-6
35. Sir P. Agnew

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the progress made by the United Nations in bringing into operation arrangements for stationing observers round the frontiers of the Kingdom of Yemen to report the arrival from outside of military supplies in men and material, including such as arrive by air; and whether separate account will be kept of such supplies coming into the parts of the Kingdom held by the Government forces and those at present in the occupation of the rebel administration, respectively.

Mr. Heath

An advance party of the United Nations observers under General Von Horn arrived at Sanaa last Friday. When the remainder of the observers arrive, they will be able to travel anywhere in the Yemen and Saudi Arabia for the purpose of keeping a watch on the activities of both parties involved. Further details about the organisation of the operation are contained in a series of reports by the Secretary-General which are available in the Library of the House.

Sir P. Agnew

Can my right hon. Friend say specifically whether there will be separately categorised supplies arriving, chiefly by air, for the rebel administration as against those arriving over the land frontiers for the Government?

Mr. Heath

The organisation of their reports is a matter for the observers to decide, but their purpose is, first, to prevent further outside intervention, and, secondly, to note the withdrawal of the U.A.R. forces.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Will the right hon. Gentleman assure us that the Government will give the Secretary-General of the United Nations their fullest support in this very difficult task?

Mr. Heath

Yes, Sir.

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