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18 March 19/9


The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Andrew Peacock, commented on 17 March on the outcome of the debate in the Security Council on Indo-China. .

The Minister said that it was regrettable that the resolution proposed by the ASEAN countries had been vetoed. It had called inter alia for the cessation of hostilities, the : withdrawal of all forces, restraint by all parties and had " welcomed the Secretary-General1s offer to use his good offices

in the search for a peaceful solution»

Mr Peacock said that the resolution had been a significant initiative by the ASEAN countries in the Security ' Council's consideration of this very serious question, and he expressed appreciation for ASEAN1s contribution in putting a

resolution bef ore the Council, ' .

The resolution received the support of most members of the Security Council, including the non-aligned countries. It embodied principles which the Australian Government fully endorsed and which had formed the basis of the Government's

approach towards the restoration of peace, and stability in Indo-China. '

. Australia had joined in calling for a meeting of the Council and the Australian Ambassador to the United Nations had participated actively in the debate and had expressed the Government's views on.24 February.and again during the final

debate on 16 March. The Minister said that the Government hoped there would be an opportunity for thd Secretary-General to exercise his good offices.

Mr Peacock said that the situation in Indo-China would continue to be of great concern to the Government until peace and stability had been restored. A copy of the Security Council "Resolution, is attached. , . . ,


The Security Council,

Noting with.grave concern that the situation in the region of South-East Asia has seriously deteriorated,

Concerned that the mounting friction and growing tension in and around the region have resulted in an escalation of armed activities and widening of the conflict area,

Deeply regretting the armed intervention in the internal affairs of Democratic Kampuchea and the armed attack against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam,

Reiterating its firm commitment to the Charter of the United Nations and to the accepted principles of international law,

Emphasizing that all States shall refrain, in their international relations, from the threat or use of force against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or independence of any State,

. Recognizing its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations,

1. Urgently calls upon all parties to cease all hostilities ' forthwith:

2. Further calls upon all parties to the conflicts to withdraw their forces to their own countries: ·

3. · Appeals to them and to States outside the region to exercise „ the utmost restraint and to refrain from any acts which may lead to further escalation and widening of the conflicts:

4. Reaffirms that all States shall scrupulously respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of other States:

5. Calls upon all parties to the conflicts to settle their disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations:

6. Welcomes the offer of the good offices of the Secretary- General in the search for a peaceful solution:

7. Decides to remain seized of the question.