Negotiations

Oral Answers to Questions — Maldive Islands – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30 April 1959.

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Photo of Mr Paul Williams Mr Paul Williams , Sunderland South 12:00, 30 April 1959

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he is now in a position to make a further statement about negotiations with the Maldivian Government.

Photo of Mr Cuthbert Alport Mr Cuthbert Alport , Colchester

I would refer my hon. Friend to my Answer to a Question by the hon. Member for Eton and Slough (Mr. Brockway) on 13th April.

Photo of Mr Paul Williams Mr Paul Williams , Sunderland South

Can my hon. Friend say whether he is completely satisfied that the state of negotiations at the moment guarantees complete security to our base on the island?

Photo of Mr Cuthbert Alport Mr Cuthbert Alport , Colchester

Our present position on the island is based on the agreement reached in 1956. We are hopeful that the negotiations, which are only suspended, will be resumed, and it is certainly our object that they should be brought to a conclusion satisfactory both to the Maldivian Government and to ourselves as quickly as possible.