Canada has given 60 days notice that she will withdraw from participation in the Vietnam Peace supervisory body.
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CU Sharp speaking to reporters
"The only hope," said Mr. Sharp, "that a peace observation team can have is that the two parties gave genuinely entered into a spirit of conciliation and accord. Then an international control commission can help to police the agreement. It has no chance of enforcing an agreement. And that is the position in which we had found ourselves. Moreover, the commission had divided between the Poles and Hungarians, who by their actions had made it clear that they were supporting the position of one of the two parties to the dispute. Between these two considerations, it was obvious that our concept of a peace-keeping role couldn't possibly be satisfied."
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Background: Canada has given 60 days notice that she will withdraw from participation in the Vietnam Peace supervisory body.
The decision was announced to the Canadian Parliament on Tuesday (29 May), by External Affairs Minister, Mitchell Sharp. At the end of the 60-day period, all Canada's 290 peace-keeping monitoring forces will be withdrawn.
Mr. Sharp told reporters that Canada had found that the peace-keeping body, as it had worked out in practice, did not match Canada's idea of how it should be. There were two main problems: first, it was necessary for the warring parties to show a genuine spirit of conciliation -- this, he said, was clearly not the case; second, the ICCS had divided between the Poles and the Hungarians, who had demonstrated that they supported the position of one of the parties to the dispute.