HC Deb 28 July 1964 vol 699 cc266-7W
Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reports he has recently received from the International Committee of Control about the situation in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. P. Thomas

The latest communications from the International Control Commission in Laos are dated 18th May and 20th June, and concern, respectively, the temporary detention of the Polish Commissioner in Vientiane and the Pathet Lao offensive on the Plain of Jars. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House. The International Control Commission in Cambodia has reported on a number of incidents on the Cambodian-Viet-Namese border. There have not been any recent reports from the International Control Commission in Viet-Nam.

The situation in Indo-China remains precarious. The Communist fomented insurgency in the Republic of Viet-Nam continues to take a grievous toll of life. In Laos, the Pathet Lao remain in possession of the territory they have occupied as the result of their recent aggression, and sporadic clashes still continue. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary will be discussing the situation in Laos during his visit to Moscow. On Cambodia, Her Majesty's Government are awaiting the Report of the United Nations Commission of Enquiry appointed by the Security Council.