Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I join with the Leader of the Opposition in his words of approbation of the successful conclusion of the discussions with regard to Cyprus. He has raised the matter as to whether or not Cyprus might become a member of the commonwealth. Hon. members will have noticed that this matter was referred to in the United Kingdom House of Commons, and that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom stated that the matter of Cyprus remaining in some form of association with the commonwealth had been raised. He said that if in due course Cyprus declares that it desires to remain associated with the commonwealth, it will be for the existing members of the commonwealth to consult together as to how that desire might be most appropriately satisfied.
Until more is known about the wishes of the people of Cyprus, other than the expression of appreciation at the conclusion of the talks and the settlement of the difficulties that have torn that tormented area for the last couple of years, any further comment at this time would be speculative and therefore might be unhelpful. No consultation has occurred as yet.
Subtopic: INQUIRY AS TO DISCUSSIONS RESPECTING ASSOCIATION OF CYPRUS