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Cyprus (Conciliation Offer)

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 Mrs Lena Jeger Mrs Lena Jeger , Holborn and St Pancras South 12:00 am, 3rd July 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's conciliation efforts on the question of Cyprus.

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

The offer of conciliation in the Cyprus question was made not by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as such, but personally by the Secretary-General in accordance with the resolution adopted unanimously at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Ministerial meeting in December, 1956. Any progress report is therefore a matter for Monsieur Spaak.

Photo of Mrs Lena Jeger Mrs Lena Jeger , Holborn and St Pancras South

Cannot the House be informed whether any talks have taken place or whether there is a complete standstill, especially as it has been told that any political settlement in Cyprus must await a report of the N.A.T.O. effort?

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

I am afraid that I have nothing to add to the original answer.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelli

Since it appeared when the statement was made by the Secretary of State for the Colonies in the debate on Cyprus that Her Majesty's Government attach great importance to it, are we to assume from the reply that the effort on behalf of N.A.T.O. has completely failed and that we must take a fresh initiative?

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

No, Sir; I do not think the right hon. Gentleman can draw those conclusions. We still attach great importance to it.