Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, on March 4 I informed the house that on March 2 a note addressed to the government of Canada by the Soviet government had been received, concerning the possibility of negotiations taking place on problems connected with or relating to Germany. This Soviet note did not contain anything of significance which was not to be found in the notes which were addressed on the same date to the United Kingdom, the United States and France.
The Canadian government in its reply to the Soviet note, which reply was given on April 24, expressed support for the proposals put forward by the western powers, and accepted by the Soviet government, which would lead shortly to negotiations in Geneva at the level of foreign ministers. The note stated that in view of the imminence of these negotiations the Canadian government did not consider it would be of value to comment in detail on the matters raised in the Soviet note. The hope was expressed, however, that the Soviet government will treat the coming negotiations as a real opportunity to achieve a lessening of international tension, and to settle some of the pressing problems on a basis that will take into account the legitimate interests of all concerned.
For the information of the house I should like to table copies of the Soviet note and the Canadian reply.
Sub-subtopic: TABLING OF SOVIET NOTE AND CANADIAN REPLY