Can the Foreign Secretary give an assurance that Her Majesty's Government would be in favour of any international organisation which might be established under this treaty being more directly associated with the United Nations? Secondly, would he indicate that, in Her Majesty's Government's view, this region should be open for scientific and other development by all countries, not merely the twelve which are associated with the proposals?
The principles which we have already accepted are freedom of scientific exploration and what is called the non-militarisation of the area. Those are the principles we have adopted and which, I think, we should seek to pursue. The method best calculated to achieve those results ought to await the conference itself.
Are we to take it from the Foreign Secretary's answer that, in Her Majesty's Government's view, these discussions, at the moment, at any rate, exclude any questions as to sovereignty? Is it not in fact questions of sovereignty which have so far caused the main trouble, and is it not rather doubtful whether even the limited objectives the Foreign Secretary is talking about can be achieved unless something is done about the quarrels over sovereignty?
I think that one might hope to achieve the two principles I have named, leaving the position as to sovereignty frozen. I think that that is one of the matters which will have to be dealt with.