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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3050


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) en asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What progress has been made in seeking to arrange attendance by Australia at the next Conference of Non-aligned Nations in Algiers.

(2)   Is he still seeking sponsorship by Yugoslavia; if so, what success is he having in bis endeavours.


Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The Government has not sought an invitation to attend the Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in Algiers. If an official invitation were received for Australian to attend as an observer the Government would accept it.

Foreign Policy : (Question No. 704)


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) en asked the Minister for

Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Are there opportunities at present for foreign policy initiatives directed at reducing tension in the Middle East.

(2)   As Australia is now a member of the Security Council of the United Nations, does the Government propose any initiative relating to the situation in the Middle East


Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Government would like to see a secure and lasting peace established in the Middle East and hopes that at the forthcoming examination by the Security Council of the situation there all parties will take the opportunity to direct their efforts to arriving at a peaceful settlement as soon as possible. The Government will certainly be concerned during their deliberations to adopt a balanced and constructive approach to the issue: however, it believes any efforts by the Security Council and its members to achieve some progress towards a settlement on the occasion can only be useful if, as the Secretary-General has observed in his current review of the situation in the region, the parties concerned are prepared to avail themselves of these efforts and to work for some agreement between each other.

(2)   We do not have in mind an independent Australian initiative at the forthcoming meeting of the Security Council. As indicated under (1) the role of our delegation will be to work for a peaceful settlement in accordance with the policy of successive Australian governments.







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