§ 40. Mr. Onslow
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in view of Great Britain's co-chairmanship of the Geneva Conference, what is Her Majesty's Government's policy regarding President Nixon's latest proposals for peace in Vietnam.
§ Mr. Anthony Royle
We welcomed these proposals as a fair and reasonable basis for a negotiated settlement, and regret that the Communists appear to have rejected them without exploring their possibilities. We have always believed in the desirability of a negotiated settlement, either through a Geneva-style conference or in some other way.
§ Mr. Onslow
Would not my hon. Friend agree that since these are reasonable proposals, it is high time that Hanoi should enter into serious negotiations?
§ Mr. Royle
I agree with my hon. Friend. Hanoi's reactions so far have been negative, and no progress towards a settlement can be made until the Communist side is ready to participate in serious negotiations. This could take place in the first instance in the context of the Paris peace talks if the North Vietnamese so wished.
§ Mr. Pavitt
Did the Foreign Secretary make any progress in his discussions with 859 Mr. Kosygin about the reconvening of the 1954 Agreement in the light of these American proposals?