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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 139

Senator HANNAN asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, on 1 1th May, without notice:

Is it not a fact that the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr Kurt Waldheim, attempted to call an emergence/ meeting of the Security Council yesterday on the Vietnam situation? Is it not a fact that the Soviet Ambassador to the United Nations declined to attend such a meeting on the ground that such, a meeting was unnecessary.

Senator WRIGHT The Minister for Foreign Affairs has supplied, the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Following President Nixon's statement on 8th May 1972, the United Nations Secretary-General, Dr Kurt Waldheim, consulted privately wilh the members of the Security Council to ascertain the extent to which use might be made of the United Nations, including the Security Council, and his own good offices, to help stop the . fighting and achieve a lasting peace in Vietnam. The SecretaryGeneral is empowered under the United Nations Charter to bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten international peace and security. Following his consultations with the members of the Security Council, he chose not to refer the situation in Vietnam to the Council. In public statements the Soviet Union has made no specific reference to the role of the Security Council in this question. It was, however, reported in the Press that the Soviet Union did not favour the holding of a meeting of the Security Council to consider the situation in Vietnam.

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