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Korea (Unification Policy)

Volume 524: debated on Monday 1 March 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give an assurance that it remains the policy of Her Majesty's Government to support the reunification of Korea following the holding of free elections in North and South Korea.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the United States, the French and other Governments who were associated with the operations in Korea accept or agree with this policy?

There can be no doubt about that. It was all set out by the United Nations in a General Assembly Resolution on 28th August last, which said that the objectives of the United Nations remain the achievement by peaceful means of a unified and democratic Korea under a representative form of government, and full restoration of national peace and security in the area. That was subscribed to by all of us.

May I say that we welcome the assurance of the hon. Member for Croydon, East (Sir H. Williams) that we shall win the next election? May I ask the Foreign Secretary whether the Berlin formula on Korea means that the Russians have also accepted the principle that Korea shall be independent and united?

In answer to the first part of that supplementary question, I cannot prevent the right hon. Gentleman from indulging in wishful thinking. As regards the second part, I should like to examine that, if I may.