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Friday, 29 March 1946

Mr ABBOTT - Can the Minister for External Affairs inform me whether, if one party to a dispute walks out of a meeting of the Security Council, the Council has any power to compel that party to come before it and give evidence as to its relation with another nation?

Dr EVATT - The Council has no power to compel the representatives of any nation to appear before it, but that does not exhaust the Council's prospects of finding out the facts of a dispute from whatever source can supply them.I believe that it is an essential task of the Council in the present dispute to ascertain the facts.

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