I made proposals in my speech to the Assembly on 11th October, 1966, designed to strengthen the United Nations effectiveness in peacekeeping operations undertaken with the consent of the States concerned. In the separate field of enforcement action, Her Majesty's representative in the Special Committee on Peacekeeping has just said again that if the Security Council consider the time ripe, we would welcome progress towards negotiating agreements under Article 43 of the Charter.
While I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him whether he does not agree that Aden has illustrated the accentuated problem for the United Nations when called in at the eleventh hour? What precise proposals are we preparing for filling the gap beyond Suez when we withdraw from that area?
I do not think it right to say that the U.N. was called in at the eleventh hour; certainly they were not as far as we were concerned. A great deal of effort was needed to get the United Nations to set up the mission to go there. As to whether the United Nations could play a peace-keeping rôle in that situation, I think that, on the whole, the proposition might come rather better from the mission while it is in existence.
When the right hon. Gentleman is in Moscow, will he call the attention of the Soviet leaders to the increasing quantities of Russian arms going, for instance, to Syria and Somaliland, and inquire what they are for? Has he any evidence that discussions are taking place between the Soviet Union and Egypt about the provision of ground-to-ground missiles?
I would need notice of the second part of that question. With regard to the earlier part, while standing on what I said—that one does not disclose in advance what we are discussing—I shall take note of what the right hon. Gentleman said.