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Waiting for an invitation to Hanoi, hoping to visit Hanoi, Peking and Washington.
Q. Did all countries at the conference agree?
A. One commonwealth nation disagreed, I won't name him, also one country disagreed that I should lead the mission, The press says otherwise but I know this is untrue.
Q. The commonwealth supports you but Peking is not so happy about your leadership.
A. Its up to the commonwealth who leads the mission, Vietnam cannot be solved by force, we must get round the table either now or in a few weeks time.
Q. By suggesting this mission, are you going to the "left", away from America?
A. This is a commonwealth effort, the U.N. is unable to act and we will try to get all parties concerned to the conference table.
Q. Did you consult the U.S.A.?
A. No, we informed them, the commonwealth is strong and we do not have to consult.
Q. Peking is not happy, the U.S.A. is still bombing and the Vietnamese are still fighting, what has been achieved so far?
A. You cannot have peace in ten days, it will take time, and the decision has made other nations think again.
Q. Is all opposition to the peace talks from the communist?
A. I am not prepared to make any judgment or condemnation.
Q. Is there enough preparation for the conference?
A. I have read the press, they have to write something; but we had to move quick or many people would have made problems.
Q. Has this placed any strain on commonwealth relationships?
A. No, it has faced up to its responsibilities and this has bought us closer together.
Q. Is this peace mission also to keep part of the labour party happy?
A. I hope this will not become a political issue in inside between any party.
Q. Has Britain given questions over majority rule in Southern Rhodesia?
A. No, the commonwealth maintains that only Britain is concerned in Rhodesia.
Q. Were all countries agreed?
A. All except one who said that it might have to reserve its position.
Q. What happens if the Prime minister of Rhodesia does not come to the conference?
A. Let's face that when it comes, at the moment we have many difficulties, There has been much understanding during the talks on both sides.
I have explained to the commonwealth the problems we have been trying to solve.
Q. Has enough support been given to Malaysia in her struggle with Indonesia?
A. Yes, Britain has given military help and other countries are trying diplomatic means.
Q. Did the conference discuss immigration?.
A. Yes and I explained to the commonwealth that there would not be discrimination against colour or race; and they recognised that it was our own decision.
MR. MAUDLING COMMENTS ON COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
We are agreed on the commonwealth initiative, but we do not think it has achieved anything. I do not agree with Peking that the leadership of the peace mission should be changed. If Mr. Wilson makes peace in South Vietnam, he will achieve greater stature in the world than in his own party.
This is Britain's own problem and we must proceed to majority rule as soon as we can.
I am going next week and I hope to see Mr. Kosygin and Mr. Gromyko and if I can be of any help over Vietnam I will do my best.
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INTERVIEWER:- ROBIN DAY.
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