The United Nations General Assembly Staring Committee last night (Wednesday) recommended that they defer until 1973 any substantive debate on the Korean question - thus hoping to avoid any disruption of the climate of detente between the two Koreas by disagreements in the U.
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SV Chinese delegate speaks in Chinese
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SIR COLIN: "The first two rounds of the substantive talks have taken place in Pyongyang and Seoul - and dates have been fixed for further rounds. My Government greatly hopes that these talks will not only succeed i their immediate humanitarian objectives of reunifying many families who have been divided by the partition of the country and the tragic events of the Fifties - but will also pave the way for political and other discussions between the two Governments, leading ultimately to the reunification of the country."
The British proposal was accepted by a vote of 16 in favour of postponement, seven against and one abstention.
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly Staring Committee last night (Wednesday) recommended that they defer until 1973 any substantive debate on the Korean question - thus hoping to avoid any disruption of the climate of detente between the two Koreas by disagreements in the U.N.
The proposal to discuss the Korean question had come from Soviet Ambassador Jacob Malik, Chinese Ambassador Huang Hue and 26 other members. They also called for a withdrawal of U.N. troops from South Korean and the disbanding of the U.N. Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea (UNCURK).
Then, Chief British Delegate Sir Colin Crewe proposed the deferment arguing that any dissent at the current session would only here the existing favourable trend in the talks between North and South Korea at present under way. After making his proposal - which was supported by United States Ambassador George Bush - Sir Colin added: