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Wednesday, 8 May 1968

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - by leave - The Opposition notes with satisfaction the fact that the Government proposes to continue Australia's participation in the United Nations police activities in Cyprus. We believe this is a very proper and useful exercise by the United Nations. It prompts us to ask once again the question whether we have not failed on several occasions to use the United Nations in the best manner possible. I believe that throughout the world many of the disputes which, if left unattended, could lead to world conflict could very usefully be dealt with by the United Nations in the same way as the United Nations moved into Cyprus. We all know that in Cyprus there was a most explosive situation. At one stage it appeared that it could be solved only by war. As a consequence of what has happened war has been averted. It is to the credit of the United Nations and, may I add to those who assisted the United Nations, that it was possible to resolve by peaceful means the very difficult situation that obtained there. The Opposition is pleased to note that Australia will continue to lend its support to the exercise.

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