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Formosa (Consultations)

Volume 478: debated on Friday 15 September 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will state His Majesty's Government's short-term and long-term policy regarding the defence of Formosa and its future status; and what steps have recently been taken to co-ordinate this policy with the United. States policy or to urge a discussion of these problems by the United Nations.

The main aim of His Majesty's Government is to help in securing a generally acceptable and peaceful solution of the Formosan problem. To this end His Majesty's Government have been in close consultation not only with the United States Government but also with Commonwealth Governments. My right hon. Friend will also be discussing some aspects of this problem with his United States and French colleagues in New York. Naturally we shall take advantage of any opportunity which may arise within the United Nations to bring about a solution. At this juncture, therefore, it would not be appropriate to add to the statements already made on our policy regarding Formosa.