May 26, 1961

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

INQUIRY AS TO VIOLATIONS OF CEASE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Liberal

Hon. Paul Hellyer (Trinity):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Will the minister give the house an up to date report in respect to the alleged violations of the cease fire in Laos?

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PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Secretary of Stale for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, since the commission returned to Laos it has received a number of complaints about breaches of the cease fire. These complaints have been from both sides. They have been considered and discussed with the leaders of the principal parties.

The commission has received assurances that no intentional violation of the cease fire had taken place and that whatever actions had occurred had been taken under provocation and in exercise of the right of self defence.

The hon. member for Trinity will realize that absolute control over widely scattered forces is difficult because of the absence of a detailed cease fire agreement, the nature of the terrain, which of course is exceedingly difficult, and the lack of communication between commands. Nevertheless the commission has decided to send representatives to two areas, one in the north and one in the south, where the most serious incidents are reported to have taken place. The intention of the commission to carry out these investigations was communicated to the leaders of the various parties in Laos on May 22; that is, four days ago. As yet I have no information on the results of the investigations.

I might say in addition that, as the hon. member will recall, at our urging in Geneva the co-chairmen, the United Kingdom and the Soviet union, wired the chairman of the international commission for a submission as to what equipment that commission would need. The reply has now been received and it goes into some detail in connection with the requirements of the commission. If these 90205-6-341J

requirements are met by the co-chairmen the work of the commission will be greatly facilitated.

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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Was the minister including the short range aircraft and helicopters which he requested in order to improve the communications between commands? Can the minister say whether they have been supplied yet?

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PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

During the discussions in Geneva I dealt at considerable length with the need for airplanes and helicopters.

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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Before asking it, I must say that I wish the editor of the Province had been here to see the response when the minister rose. Would the minister inform the house whether there is daily communication between our representatives in Laos and the department here?

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PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Yes, Mr. Speaker, we are getting reports regularly from our commissioner in Laos, Mr. Leon Mayrand.

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REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON DISCUSSIONS WITH PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL


On the orders of the day:


PC

Robert B. Lafrenière

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Robert Lafreniere (Quebec-Monimo-rency):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether he would care to make a report to the house in respect of the visit of Mr. Ben-Gurion, the prime minister of Israel?

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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, as the house is aware, the prime minister of Israel ended his visit today. A joint communique is being issued which will set out, in that detail characteristic of communiques, a resume of the various discussions that took place. I am sure I am reinforced in my belief that meetings between leaders of various countries are most beneficial. I found the visit of Prime Minister Ben-Guirion most helpful, and a further indication of the close relationship between the two countries. I think perhaps it is proper for me to table the communique although I have it only in English, the French translation not being available yet. This communique sets out the various facts to which I have made reference.

(Translation):

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Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON DISCUSSIONS WITH PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL
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PC

Robert B. Lafrenière

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lafreniere:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker.

5404 HOUSE OF

Inquiries of the Ministry

(Text):

Could the Prime Minister tell the house whether there has been any request tor military assistance?

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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, there was none. The prime minister of Israel naturally discussed questions relative to the middle east. However, there was no request either directly or indirectly for military equipment or the like.

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COLUMBIA RIVER

INQUIRY AS TO LETTER FROM B.C. PREMIER


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Louis-Joseph-Lucien Cardin

Liberal

Mr. Lucien Cardin (Richelieu-Vercheres):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister following the one I asked yesterday. Can the Prime Minister today inform the house whether he had been made aware of the contents of the letter from the premier of British Columbia before Canada signed the treaty with the United States on the Columbia project?

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO LETTER FROM B.C. PREMIER
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I am very happy to satisfy the curiosity of the hon. gentleman. I would have done so yesterday had I had the opportunity. The answer is no.

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May 26, 1961