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Wednesday, 13 November 1974
Page: 2361


Senator Greenwood asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did the Prime Minister authorise a letter, dated 1 7 May 1974 and signed on his behalf by the Minister for Manufacturing Industry, Mr K. Enderby, addressed to Mr V. Bukevicius, President of the Council of the Lithuanian Community in Australia, 75 Kent Street, Epping, New South Wales in which the first two paragraphs read: 'I refer to your letter of 28 April 1974 concerning the Government 's attitude towards Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The policy of the present Australian Government is that while not formally recognising the incorporation of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia into the Soviet Union, it must be cognisant of the de facto situation and deal with the government which has effective control of the territory in question. This was also the attitude taken by all of our predecessors in this matter. '

(2   ) Did this letter indicate by the said paragraphs that the Government intended no change in its attitude to the nonrecognition of the incorporation of the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from the attitude of its predecessors: if not, what attitude did the letter indicate.

(3)   Why, in the light of the foregoing letter did the Prime Minister, in answer to Senate Question No. 163 asked by Senator Greenwood, state that he did not inform the President of the Council of the Lithuanian Community in Australia prior to the election of 18 May 1974 that his Government did not intend to alter the policy of previous

Governments with respect to recognition of the incorporation of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.


Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) See my answer to Question No. 325 (4) supra.

(2)   and (3) The letter indicated the policy at the time it was written. See my answer to Question No. 325 (5) supra.







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