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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 90

Question No. 118

Mr MacKellar asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 11 May 1983:

(1) Did the Thai Government request, through diplomatic channels, that Australia protest to Hanoi about Vietnamese incursions across the Thai border; if so, when.

(2) Did the Government subsequently make representations to Hanoi; if so, (a) when and (b) what were the terms of the Government's representations.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No.

(2) On 9 April Mr McCarthy, our Ambassador in Hanoi, informed officials from the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry of our concern at the situation on the Thai/ Cambodia border. He expressed our condemnation of Vietnamese military incursions into Thai territory and repeated our position that we found no justification nor excuse for the incursion into the sovereign territory of Thailand nor for the slaughter of innocent civilians where those things have happened.