Peace Negotiations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 22nd April 1920.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

20.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether negotiations for peace are now proceeding between the Russian Soviet Government and the Governments of Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, and Poland; and whether His Majesty's Government is represented in these countries by diplomatic or military missions?

Photo of Mr Frederick Kellaway Mr Frederick Kellaway , Bedford

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative as regards Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland. As regards Poland, it has not yet been decided between that country and Soviet Russia where such negotiations are to be held. The answer to the second part is that His Majesty's Government is represented in Finland and Poland by regular diplomatic missions, and in Latvia and Lithuania by a Com-missioner with diplomatic functions.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Are these diplomatic representatives of His Majesty watching events for us, or are they taking any part at all in these negotiations?

Photo of Mr Frederick Kellaway Mr Frederick Kellaway , Bedford

They are watching events. That is what they are out there for.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

But are we taking part through our representatives in these very important negotiations?