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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr L R Johnson son asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

Have any peace overtures been made on behalf of the Vietcong or the Government of North Vietnam; if so, when, where, in what form, and to whom were they made?

Mr Hasluck - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows -

Neither North Vietnam nor the Vietcong has made peace overtures and Hanoi has firmly denied reports that it has put out " peace feelers ". Hanoi has insisted that " the only correct way " to settle the Vietnam problem is to carry out its " Four Point Programme " requiring, among other things, that the internal affairs of South Vietnam be settled in accordance with the programme of the South Vietnam Liberation Front (Cf. "Veitnam - First Half of 1965 " pages 45-46, published by the Department of External Affairs and available in the Parliamentary Library). North Vietnam and the Vietcong have consistently and emphatically rejected all efforts by the United States and other Governments, and by many world leaders, to arrange for discussions which might lead to a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Vietnam.

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