I am glad that the hon. Gentleman supports the very firm position that we have taken on this resolution, to which I referred in answer to an earlier Question. Mr. Ivor Richard made a very outspoken speech in the General Assembly condemning that resolution. I have read Mr. Richard's speech to the American Association for the United Nations and it made no mention of Mr. Moynihan. All this story is sheer Press speculation.
Although in many ways the resolution and the discussion at the United Nations were ill conceived, does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that they should not distract attention from the realities of the situation? One very important point is that the Israelis are continuing to build new settlements on the West Bank and on other occupied territories, which will make it more difficult for them eventually to withdraw. As there will not be a settlement without withdrawal, should there not be more concentration on this aspect?
Without necessarily disagreeing with much of what the hon. Gentleman said, I should point out that our principal condemnation of this resolution is that it sought to put into one framework two subjects which in our view were totally different. There is plenty of opportunity for serious debate in the United Nations about the problems of the Middle East and plenty of opportunity for campaigning against racialism. Our regret was that what was virtually a unanimous agreement of the United Nations to have a campaign against racialism divided the United Nations down the middle because the two issues were unnecessarily pushed together.