June 5, 1972 (28th Parliament, 4th Session)


Mr. R. Gordon L. Fairweather@Fundy-Royal

Mr. Speaker, I am sure the minister speaks for all of us when he underlines the horror we felt on learning of the senseless violence at the Tel Aviv airport. We share in his expression of sympathy to the family of Mrs. Subach. Surely it is not too much to ask in 1972 that innocent people be free to travel the world. Surely it is also obvious that violent acts of this sort only make the problems in the Middle East more difficult of solution.
I thank the minister for making available a copy of his statement on the meetings of the NATO council that he attended. He spoke about being at the geographic crossroads of Europe and at a crossroads in the evolution of East-West relations. I am sure we would agree that this is an important juncture. Indeed, President Nixon's visit to Moscow must have been underlined by the NATO council meeting, the SALT talks and so on. I am sure we are interested in the development of plans lor a European security conference, although I suppose it is not too unfair to say that no one can accuse NATO or the Warsaw pact countries of moving with undue haste, since this has been very much an international topic for some years now.
The minister also mentioned the success that President Nixon had in achieving an agreement to curb the nuclear arms race. Here I was struck by the irony of the fact that France will later this year be testing nuclear devices in the Pacific area. Presumably France is now attending and participating in the meetings being held by the United
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Nations at Stockholm, but I suppose it is also true to say that irony is not an unknown concept in international issues.
I am sure it is important for the European community and for NATO to be at the stage now where they are co-ordinating their international policies. We must remember that NATO is not the same thing as the European community. The communique the minister has tabled concerning the ministerial sessions of NATO contains the words "freedom and security" and refers to the need to preserve freedom and security on the part of all members of NATO. I hope that as we preserve these concepts internationally member nations, such as the military regime of Greece, will live up domestically to the ideals that undoubtedly she espouses if she is a signatory to this communique internationally.

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