HC Deb 12 June 1961 vol 642 cc4-5W
37. Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Lord Privy Seal what action Her Majesty's Government are taking within the United Nations to avert war in Angola, in view of the threat which the present situation in Angola makes to good relations between members of the Western Alliance and the independent African States.

Mr. Heath

This matter was the subject of a resolution sponsored by Ceylon, the United Arab Republic and Liberia, which was debated last week in the Security Council. The resolution was adopted with nine votes in favour and two abstentions, The United Kingdom representative abstained. In explaining this vote he made it clear that he was in favour of the work of the Committee set up after the General Assembly resolution of 20th April and hoped that the Portuguese would co-operate with it.

64. Mr. Manuel

asked the Lord Privy Seal how the United Kingdom delegate voted on the resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations which called upon Portugal to comply with the Declaration adopted by the General Assembly in 1960 on the granting of independence to Colonial Territories and to consider urgently measures and reforms to that end.

Mr. Heath

I assume the hon. Gentleman is referring to the resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 20th April on the situation in Angola. This was carried by seventy-three votes to two. The United Kingdom abstained in common with eight other member countries.

Mr. Manuel

asked the Lord Privy Seal if, in view of the fact that he receives full and regular reports on the present situation in Angola from the Consul General in Luanda, he will instruct the United Kingdom delegate to the Security Council to make a statement on the situation at the meeting convened to consider the serious situation in that country.

Mr. Heath

I have nothing further to add to the answer I have already given this afternoon to the hon. Members for Wednesbury (Mr. Stonehouse) and Leeds, East (Mr. Healey).