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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Mr HAROLD HOLT - It would be quite inappropriate for me to attempt to engage in detailed discussion or debate with the honorable gentleman on the matter that he has raised. His argument is that there is no provision in the United Nations arrangements for regional pacts. Of course, that is not so. They are clearly contemplated.

Mr Hayden - I did not say that at all.

Mr HAROLD HOLT - Well, we have said that the S.E.A.T.O. arrangement provides a basis for our action in South Vietnam, but we have made it clear also that we and the United States of America have the goal of peace, and of peace through negotiations if those with whom we are contesting the issues now are prepared to join in peaceful discussions. The object of the United Nations is to secure peaceful discussions of issues in dispute. For our part, we hold ourselves receptive to any genuine offer of negotiations. The United States has made it abundantly clear that it is seeking every possible means in order to bring about such a negotiation.

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