HC Deb 15 June 1964 vol 696 cc124-5W
44. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the present situation in Laos.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I do not think I can say more than that, in the present delicate situation, I am hoping to reach an understanding with the Soviet Foreign Minister about the proposal made by the Polish Government for talks on the situation in Laos.

46. Mr. Zilliacus

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he authorised the issue of a Foreign Office statement on 10th June supporting the rocket attacks by United States airplanes on Khang Khay and other points in the Plain of Jars of Laos.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The Foreign Office spokesman was asked to comment on Press reports of an attack on the antiaircraft guns that had shot down American reconnaissance aircraft. He neither supported nor condemned this action, but emphasised that it increased the urgency of a cease-fire and withdrawal under the supervision of the International Commission.

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