We are hoping to have wide-ranging discussions in the United Nations in the near future about peace-keeping. If these discussions are successful, it may prove possible to undertake rescue operations in conditions internationally acceptable. Her Majesty's Government will not hesitate to take an initiative on this whenever they feel it would be helpful. It would, however, be premature to make specific proposals at the present time.
Will the hon. Gentleman suggest that in the meantime the United Nations might strengthen its skeleton staff for military operations so that it can make forward plans, realising how difficult that is, in view of the imminence of possible disturbances in many parts of the world?
No, Sir. I think the hon. Gentleman is misquoting what the late Mr. Hammarskjöld said. I think everybody understands the imperfections of the United Nations operation in the Congo, but at least there is general agreement that without that operation the cold war would have come much more actively into the Congo than it did.