April 30, 1970 (28th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, we have had consultations not only with the members of the International Control Commission but while I was in France the Foreign Minister, Mr. Schumann, discussed his idea of reviving the Geneva Conference or of holding a meeting of all of the countries concerned. We have talked with the British government about this. We have had some consultation with other governments to try to see how we might play a useful part. We have made it very clear in connection with the International Control Commission that we would not be prepared to return to Cambodia if we were asked to return unless agreement were reached by all the parties as to the functions of the International Control Commission. We see no point whatever in returning to the kind of futile exercise which prevailed before the Cambodians asked us to leave.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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