HC Deb 16 November 1970 vol 806 cc852-3
28. Sir A. Meyer

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he is satisfied with the peacekeeping machinery which exists within the United Nations; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Godber

No, Sir. In his statement to the Commemorative Session in New York on 23rd October my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister urged the speedy completion of the work of the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping, whose task is to establish proper procedures for the organisation, control and financing of peacekeeping.

Sir A. Meyer

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is general support for the policy enunciated by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary that the United Nations is something which should be made to work, and not something to be worshipped?

Mr. Godber

I strongly endorse that view. I wish that we could find an effective way of making it work. In this context it is one of the most difficult and intractable aspects, and one which the Government have always been seeking to resolve.