HC Deb 04 June 1964 vol 695 cc204-5W
69. Mr. Warbey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I have no statement to make in the present delicate and difficult circumstances other than that Her Majesty's Government are actively engaged in consultations with other members of the Geneva Conference about Laos. Meanwhile the Security Council are seized of the dispute between Cambodia and Vietnam.

Mr. Warbey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the continued disturbances of the peace in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, he will now propose a summit meeting of the Geneva Conference countries to discuss the problems of South-East Asia and achieve a peace settlement.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Prior conditions for the possible reconvening of the International Conference on the settlement of the Laotian Question are being discussed in the diplomatic consultations now taking place in Vientiane. I am ready to join with the Soviet Co-Chairman in issuing invitations to a Conference on Cambodia once the Governments principally concerned have agreed to participate. I see no advantage in a Conference on Vietnam.

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