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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 9. 1965.

OU Motion

OU Motion

Salient Reporter

THE Otago University Students' Council opposed the sending of New Zealand troops to Vietnam.

At a meeting late in June the following motion was passed:

That this council regrets the decision of the New Zealand Government to send troops to Vietnam, rather than adopt some course of action more in the interests of both the Vietnamese and New Zealand peoples, such as—

(i) Offering the services of New Zealand in a mediating role in the dispute either alone or as a part of an international effort.

(ii) Offering the services of New Zealand troops as part of an international peacekeeping force.

(iii) Offering New Zealand personnel in a non-combatant role, e.g. medical or engineering teams.

The Otago council also "regretted the attitude of some members of the Government, who have made smearing attacks on those staff and students of the universities who have felt themselves bound in conscience to oppose the Government action."