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Friday, 26 November 1965

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) n asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   ls the Government in favour of a peaceful settlement of the Vietnamese war to provide for a free decision by the peoples of North and South Vietnam on the question of reunification?

2.   If so, would it favour reunification on the terms of the Geneva Agreement?

Mr Hasluck - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows -

The Government seeks in Vietnam a guaranteed just and lasting peace which would enable the Vietnamese people to decide, in conditions of genuine freedom, their own future, their own form of government, and their relationships with neighbouring territories. The Government would like to see the observance of the "fundamental freedoms", envisaged in the Final Declaration of the 19S4 Geneva Conference on Indo-China, so that the Vietnamese people may exercise their will concerning the unification of Vietnam.

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