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JOINT RESPONSIBILITY NEED TO UNDERSTAND RUSSIA Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. He was disturbed over the suggestion of Mr. Algie (Nat., Remuera) that until their obligations were known the San Francisco Charter should not be ratified, said the Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash, in the House of Representatives yesterday. He explained that New Zealand was only going to take a like responsibility to that of others, and, until the Charter was signed, how could they work out whether it was to be a squadron or a ship, or a number of men? Mr. Algie: I asked for the explanation which was given to the committee of the United States Senate. The Minister repeated that joint responsibility meant joint obligations. Mr. Nash added that New Zealand's amendments followed her traditional policy since 1936, when she said that the covenant of the League of Nations was useless if it was to operate voluntarily or by consent. He believed that the reason why the major powers voted against the amendments was that they did not wish to be automatically required to Mr. T. C. Webb (Nat., Kaipara): What happens if they won't take action? Mr. Nash: "You have a case against them that they broke the agreement." He added that, in his opinion, the major causes of war were a collection of cumulative misunderstandings. Mr. Algie: Greed and ignorance. The Minister suggested the most promising' road to travel was to find a way of understanding Russia, and getting them to understand us. Mr. Goosman (Nat., Waikato): Do they try? I don't think they do. Mr. Nash: Wn have to understand 1 their history, their traditions and their foundations of government. Mr. Algie: When we get Mr. Boswell's "Life of Stalin." (Laughter.) Mr. Nash: It would be very helpful, no doubt.

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PREVENTING WAR, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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PREVENTING WAR Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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