HC Deb 21 July 1969 vol 787 cc1216-7
14. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to bring before the United Nations the facts concerning Mr. Smith's recent proposals as to the constitutional status of Rhodesia and the resulting consequences on the coloured population there with a view to taking international steps towards the protection of the present and future of the coloured population.

Mr. Maurice Foley

These matters were fully discussed at the United Nations last month in the Committee of 24 and in the Security Council. Our policy is to maintain economic and political pressures, with international co-operation, until wiser counsels prevail in Rhodesia in the interests of all who live there.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Minister not realise that this was one of the purposes for which the United Nations was formed and that the coloured people are in a majority in Rhodesia? Will he take steps to see that justice is done to them?

Mr. Foley

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Biggs-Davison

As the United Nations has shown itself unwilling or powerless to deal with real cases of oppression, genocide and slavery in Africa, is it not more appropriate that the United Nations should keep quiet about the question of Rhodesia?

Mr. Foley

I am aware of the hon. Member's views of the United Nations and his views on realities in Africa. I state clearly and firmly that I totally disagree with everything that he says.

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