742 ংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা যুদ্ধ দলিলপত্রঃ ত্রয়োদশ খন্ড A correspondent said that the High Commissioner had said the amount 75 million in assistance was encouraging. However given the magnitude of the problem were not the figures for assistance the very reverse? Prince Sadruddin said he was going to Washington tomorrow and other capitals next week to try to get more assistance. But the machinery moved slowly and contributions often came under pressure of public opinion. He was encouraged that so much had been given after less than one month had gone by since the Secretary-General's appeal. But in relation to the problem the assistance was certainly not enough. Prince Sadruddin was asked if after talking to the President of Pakistan he thought it was realistic to expect a political solution. He said that depended on what was meant by a political solution. Asked how soon he thought the refugees would get back he said he personally felt that Pakistan was trying its best within the possibilities but the situation was highly complex. The President of Pakistan was to make a declaration on 28th June. He hoped the President at that time would sketch out some kind of political solution. The refugees would only return if there was a political solution creating confidence. Asked if the U.N. would contribute to a political solution he said the Secretary - General was very concerned precisely with this problem. It was however, a small step in the right direction that the Pakistan authorities had accepted a representative from his office. There had been no obligation on Pakistan to do this. He hoped that this would contribute to a feeling that there was a U.N. presence and may be that presence could be increased. This might encourage people to return home. Asked what would happen if the assistance did not come, Prince Sadruddin said there would be untold misery for missions and this might escalate an already dangerous situation. He was asked if the President of Pakistan had expressed sorrow that 5 million of his countrymen had found it necessary to leave Pakistan the High Commissioner said that nobody could be pleased by this or ignore it. He had a very clear impression that what had happened in Hast Pakistan and the refugees exodus had created a major burden on the President and the Government and they were trying their level best." On another matter Prince Sadruddin was asked if he wanted to be the Secretary - General he suggested that not everything be believed that was read in the Press. He had neither directly not indirectly at any time hinted at his candidacy. He would like to continue to serve the U.N. under U-Thant. He was asked if he would accept the Office of Secretary-General if invited by the Major powers. He said his answer would have to be what he had just stated.