Mr. Marlin@Essex East
This was not the
particular reason for which I went either to
February 21, 1966
the United Nations or to Washington. The main purpose of my visit to the Secretary General and to the Secretary of State of the United States was to exchange views on the present course of developments and to explore ways of bringing the Viet Nam conflict closer to a conference situation.
As the house knows, it is the objective of the government to see the Viet Nam conflict brought to an end through negotiation. All promising proposals which are designed to carry us closer to that objective will have Canada's support. Earlier this month, as my hon. friend knows, the Viet Nam question was inscribed on the agenda of the Security Council. We welcomed this because we believed that the United Nations could not remain indifferent to a conflict which has grave implications for international peace and security.
But there are practical difficulties in the way of effective United Nations involvement. I must tell the house frankly that I am not hopeful that much headway can be made on Viet Nam in the United Nations at this stage. I do believe, however, there is a very real possibility that members of the international commission will be able to play a useful role. The commission powers have had a long and close association with the Viet Nam problem, and they are the only group of nations with ready access to both sides. I think it is important, therefore-
Subtopic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: VIET NAM-POSSIBLE MEETING OF INTERNATIONAL TRUCE COMMISSION