Egypt and Israel

Oral Answers to Questions — United Nations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th March 1957.

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Photo of Mr Konni Zilliacus Mr Konni Zilliacus , Manchester, Gorton 12:00 am, 6th March 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will propose to the United States Administration that our two countries should jointly move a resolution at the General Assembly calling upon Egypt to comply with previous resolutions of the Security Council asking her to terminate the state of war with Israel, end the blockade of the Gulf of Aqaba, and open the Suez Canal to Israeli shipping, as a condition precedent to Israel complying with the General Assembly Resolution on the withdrawal of Israeli forces.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

It would appear that Israel is now complying with General Assembly resolutions calling for the withdrawal of her forces. In the circumstances, the question of conditions precedent does not seem to arise.

Photo of Mr Konni Zilliacus Mr Konni Zilliacus , Manchester, Gorton

While admitting, of course, that events have outstripped this Question, may I ask whether the Foreign Secretary does not think that we should press for Egypt to put herself in accord with the Charter before United Nations forces are withdrawn?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

We certainly hope that United Nations forces will not be withdrawn until the conditions for a real settlement exist.

Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell

Will my right hon. and learned Friend tell the United States Administration and the United Nations organisation that bullying of Israel is no substitute for a firm and united policy towards Colonel Nasser and his Soviet backers?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

I think that all Governments should have a firm and united policy towards the problems of that area.