§ 51. Mr. A. J. Irvine
asked the Prime Minister why, in view of Mr. Rhee's defiance of the authority of the United Nations, Her Majesty's Government will not consider, in consultation with other member States of the United Nations, withdrawing recognition of the South Korean Government.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
I have been asked to reply. Her Majesty's Government do not consider that the course suggested by the hon. Member is the way to handle the present situation in South Korea.
§ Mr. Irvine
As the main objective is to ensure that the authority of the United Nations survives as an organisation which has successfully resisted and punished aggression, is it not extremely desirable that any State which flouts the authority of the United Nations should have action taken against it? As the South Korean Government have clearly done that, should not that action be taken in this instance, and is not the withdrawal of recognition the first step to be taken?
§ Mr. Lloyd
That is an argument which might very well have been used against the Chinese People's Government when 26 their aggression took place in Korea. We did not take that step because we regard recognition as being a matter of fact when a particular Government is in control of a country. It has nothing to do with whether we like it or not.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Would not the most effective measure now be to summon the Assembly of the United Nations to debate the situation? Will the Government consider that unless a truce is agreed on very soon?
§ Sir H. Williams
Must we not be careful to remember that the President of a friendly State still has some rights in his own country?