Mr. T. C. Douglas (Burnaby-Coquillam):
Mr. Speaker, over a week ago the Prime Minister promised to look at the text of the appeal by Secretary General U Thant with respect to a unilateral cease fire in Viet Nam, and particularly to look at that part of the text which was quoted in the press as follows:
It becomes ever more clear to me that this impasse can be broken and a halt put to the increasingly horrible slaughter and destruction of the Viet Nam war only if one side or the other shows the wisdom and the courage and the compassion for humanity to take the initiative of a
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Inquiries of the ministry first step, that is to say, by undertaking unilaterally to put the standstill truce into effect and thereafter to fire only if fired upon.
The Prime Minister was going to look at this text and, I believe, seek some clarification from the Secretary General's office. Is he now in a position to say what is Canada's position with respect to this request by U Thant?
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