None, Sir. There was no obligation to inform or consult the United Nations beforehand. We acted in accordance with inter national law, which gives nations the right to go to the assistance of their nationals when there is a serious threat to their safety in foreign territory. Secrecy is necessary for the success of such an operation, and to have informed the United Nations beforehand would have endangered the lives of those being rescued. As soon as the expedition had taken place, however, we fully informed the Secretary-General of what we had done and of the reasons for the rescue operation.
Does my hon. Friend realise that what he has said in the latter part of his Answer will give great satisfaction to those many people, in the House and in the country, who wish to see the Government using the United Nations on all possible useful occasions?
I accept what my hon. Friend has said. However, will he be careful about any future involvement in the Congo, as Mr. Tshombe obviously has very little African support and speaks not so much for the people of the Congo as for those who control its resources?