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Tuesday, 2 May 1961


Mr MENZIES (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - We are, in common with the honorable member and, I think, with all other people, anxious to see a cease fire in Laos. The latest information that I have does not disclose that a meeting to arrange a cease fire has yet been effected. That is not the responsibility, I may say, of anybody but the leader of the Pathet Lao. There may be some difficulty with communication. We still hope that there will be a cease fire because that is the precondition of a civilized settlement. What will happen if the cease fire does not eventuate is obviously a matter of immense delicacy. We have had a great deal of discussion about it ourselves and we are in constant communication with governments elsewhere. For obvious reasons, it would not be appropriate to say anything about that at this stage.







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