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Syrian Border and Gaza Area (Incidents)

Oral Answers to Questions — Four-Power Statement on Nuclear Test Explosions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd July 1957.

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Photo of Mr Barnett Janner Mr Barnett Janner , Leicester North West 12:00 am, 3rd July 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware of the renewal of Syrian border attacks on Israel, and of Arab fedayeen activities in the Gaza area; and if he will therefore make representations to the parties concerned condemning these activities, in view of the danger which they constitute to peace in the Middle East.

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

I have seen conflicting reports from both Israel and Syrian sources of recent incidents on the Syrian borders and reports from Israel sources of recent incidents in the Gaza area. So far as we are aware no investigation by United Nations observers has been requested by either side and no independent report is therefore available. The United Nations representatives in the area are, of course, aware of the situation, and the parties concerned, as members of the United Nations, can if they think fit refer the question to the Mixed Armistice Commission or the Security Council. I do not think on the evidence available that Her Majesty's Government have any special status for unilateral intervention as suggested, and we are in any case not in diplomatic relations with the Syrian or Egyptian Governments.

Photo of Mr Barnett Janner Mr Barnett Janner , Leicester North West

As very serious incidents of this nature have been taking place and only a few days ago they resulted in a death, and as the murderers and pillagers are coming across the Israeli borders, does not the right hon. and gallant Gentleman think it important for him to bring the matter to the attention of the United Nations to see what can be done to remedy the situation?

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

I am sure that those on the spot, if they think fit, will do as the hon. Gentleman suggests.