§ Mr. Rankin
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in view of British commitments and interests in South-East Asia, what consultations he has had with the Prime Minister of Japan in regard to securing a peaceful settlement between Indonesia and Malaysia; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
On my recent visit to Tokyo I had useful discussions with both the Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan. As the statement issued at the time showed, we discussed fully in an atmosphere of understanding the problem of Indonesian aggression against Malaysia. I emphasised that we would continue to honour our obligations towards Malaysia. I also made it clear that whenever the Indonesian Government were ready to take a sincere initiative for a negotiated settlement on terms acceptable to Malaysia, they would encounter no obstacle on our part. I think our discussions left the Japanese Government with a clearer understanding of our position and that they will be ready to offer their assistance whenever this seems appropriate. I intend to maintain regular contact on this issue. The House would of course be kept fully informed of any developments.