HC Deb 29 May 1963 vol 678 cc1291-2
6. Mr. Longden

asked the Lord Privy Seal what attempts have recently been made by the Military Staff Committee of the Security Council to negotiate the special agreements referred to in Article 43 of the Charter without which the sanctions intended to enable the Security Council to fulfil its primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security cannot be enforced; and what are the reasons still preventing the conclusion of these special agreements eighteen years after the Charter was signed.

Mr. Heath

None, Sir. The Military Staff Committee reached deadlock at an early stage over the general principles that should govern the organisation of the armed forces to be made available to the Security Council by Member States. Nothing has occurred since to resolve this disagreement.

Mr. Longden

Could not the Soviet Union be reminded that Chapter 7 of the Charter cannot be brought into operation unless it is so decided by the Security Council, on which the Soviet Union retains its veto? What is the object of holding up the operation of these sanctions?

Mr. Heath

I will certainly consider my hon. Friend's suggestion, but I am afraid that there is no indication that the Soviet Union would be prepared to agree to the implementation of the Military Staff Committee.

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