HC Deb 27 February 1967 vol 742 cc65-6
2. Mr. Walters

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps Her Majesty's Government intend to take at the Security Council of the United Nations following the bombing of a Saudi Arabian village.

Mr. George Thomson

The Saudi Arabian Government have drawn this deplorable incident to the attention of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and their letter has been circulated to members of the Security Council. We have taken note of the contents of this letter and of the Secretary-General's reply. I do not think there is any further action that Her Majesty's Government could usefully take at the moment.

Mr. Walters

Is there not a direct British interest involved in the risk that similar attacks might be launched against the Aden territories? Is not there a strong case for pressing for the reintroduction of United Nations observers on the frontier between Saudi Arabia and the Yemen?

Mr. Thomson

Her Majesty's Government have already expressed their very deep concern about these raids, but this is a matter in the first instance for the Government of Saudi Arabia. If they decide to take further action at the United Nations, Her Majesty's Government would certainly consider supporting them.

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