On a stopover in England en route to Andrews Air Force Base on August 3, 1969, RN spoke to the assembled crowd, including Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and said:

I can assure all who are listening to me now that while the path to peace may seem very difficult, and preserving the peace is, of course, a task which we have found to be tremendously arduous and hazardous over these past few years, that the people of the world deep in their hearts want peace.

Check out his full remarks here.