Sudan (Situation)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Egypt – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th November 1955.

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Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley 12:00 am, 7th November 1955

On 29th October the Sudanese Prime Minister stated that it might be some time before the possibility of a decision on a shortening of the self-determination process laid down in the Anglo-Egyptian Agreement of February, 1953, was fully explored by the political parties, and, until it was accepted or rejected, the Government would continue on the presumption that the future of the Sudan would be decided by a plebiscite or along the lines laid down in the Agreement. Her Majesty's Government have decided to agree that a plebiscite be held, but have told the Egyptian Government that they consider that any proposal which the Sudanese Parliament may in the future make about a shortening of the process of self-determination should be given sympathetic consideration by the Codomini.