HC Deb 14 December 1961 vol 651 cc89-90W
Q2. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the threat to British and allied lives, property, territories and interests in Central Africa, and the danger of a rift in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, arising from the conflict in Katanga, he will urgently consider proposing a meeting of European Heads of Government, in preparation for his talks with President Kennedy in Bermuda, so that Western statesmanship may facilitate appropriate international action to stop the fighting and foster the conciliation of the Government in Léopoldville and that of President Tshombe.

The Prime Minister

Her Majesty's Government have already approached the Acting Secretary-General of the United Nations with a request that he should secure an immediate cease-fire in Katanga. This is of course designed to bring to an end the destruction of life and property resulting from the present fighting and thus create conditions in which, in a united Congo, a peaceful and just basis for conciliation may be negotiated.

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