Oral Answers to Questions — Baltic Republics (Status)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs upon what date His Majesty's Government received from the Ministers representing Latvia, Lithuania and Esthonia formal declarations that the republics which they represented desired to maintain their independence and not become part of the Soviet Union.

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

The three Ministers referred to in the question made to His Majesty's Government communications expressing their views on the events which had just taken place in the Baltic States and expressing the hope that His Majesty's Government would not recognise the incorporation of those States in the Soviet Union. These communications were received upon 23rd July, 1940.

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

Has my right hon. Friend read the statement made by the President of the United States to the effect that even the smallest nations have a right to their own independence; and is not this a case where we might apply the principles of the Atlantic Charter?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

My hon. and gallant Friend asked when we received these representations and I have told him.