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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3043


Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

In view of the Government's support for the United Nations resolution 2992 (XXVII), adopted on 15 December 1972, which calls on littoral states such as Australia to support the Zone of Peace concept for the Indian Ocean, and as a result of which Australiais a member of the United Nations ad hoc

Committee appointed to study the implications of the proposal, with special reference to the practical measures that may be taken to implement United Nations resolution 2832 (XXVI) of 16 December 1971, entitled Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace, will he indicate (a) the Government's attitude towards the concept of the Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace in the terms set down in resolution 2832, (b) the implications for Australia of this proposal with particular reference to foreign and defence policy, (c) how many meetings the ad hoc Committee has held and how many of these Australia has attended and in what capacity and (d) what action Australia has taken as a member of the ad hoc Committee to date.


Mr Whitlam - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(a)   and (b) As a member of the ad hoc Committee set up under United Nations resolution 2992 (XXVII) adopted on 15 December 1972, Australia is studying with other members of the Committee the implications of various proposals for an Indian Ocean Zone of Peace, including those contained in United Nations resolution 2832 (XXVI) of 16 December 1971. The Committee met in New York from 21 to 25 May. I shall take the opportunity of commenting on these matters at an appropriate time.

(c)   Australia as a member of the Committee has attended all meetings of the Committee so far. These have consisted of a procedural meeting on 27 February 1973, a preliminary substantive meeting on 23 April, and the session of substantive meetings from 21 to 25 May. Australia also attended an informal meeting on 16 April of thirty-six Indian Ocean coastal and hinterland states.

(d)   See above answers.







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