Michael Stewart, the British Foreign Secretary, delivered his nation's statement in the general debate at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (7 October).
Stewart speech excerpts.
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TRANSCRIPT: STEWART: "Fighting continues in Vietnam. The British Government believes that this problem could be solved on the following lines. Let all the fighting stop, let all the interference cease and let us have a conference under whatever auspices might promise success. From that, let us get a situation in which South Vietnam, and North, is firmly guaranteed against attack. Let us have a programme of rehabilitation, administered by the United Nations, to repair the ravages of war."
"Amid all these difficulties, how can the United Nations go forward with the task which His Holiness the Pope commended to us, the task of creating a peaceful world?
I want to suggest to this Assembly four avenues along which we could advance. One, disarmament; two, peacekeeping; three, the peaceful settlement of dispute; and four, the economic and social work of this organisation."
"For the present there are two practical steps which could be taken now.
First, Britain would welcome the organisation of a peacekeeping fund which could be drawn upon for such future peacekeeping activities as may be necessary.
Second, it will be helpful if an increasing number of nations will pledge themselves to supply forces for peacekeeping."
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Background: Michael Stewart, the British Foreign Secretary, delivered his nation's statement in the general debate at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (7 October). Mr. Stewart stated his government's position on a number of current international issues and made several proposals.
On Vietnam, the Secretary said it was his government's view that the fighting should be brought to an end, and an international conference held with guarantees to both sides against attack. He called also for a programme of rehabilitation under United Nations auspices.
In commenting on Pope Paul VI's address, he suggested that the Assembly could create a peaceful world by encouraging disarmament, setting up viable peacekeeping machinery, settling disputes peaceably and carrying forward the economic and social work of the organisation. Specifically on peacekeeping the Secretary called for the organisation of a peacekeeping fund and for more nations to contribute peacekeeping forces.