Oral Answers to Questions — Somali Republic (Diplomatic Relations)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Woolwich East 12:00 am, 27th July 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when he expects diplomatic relations to be resumed between Great Britain and the Somali Republic.

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Conway

It is impossible to say at present. As I told my hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice (Mr. Wall) on 3rd February, we await an indication that the Somali Government, who broke off diplomatic relations in the first place, themselves wish to resume them.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Woolwich East

Is the Minister aware that there is a lot of unofficial evidence that the Somali Government are now anxious to resume relations? Would he agree that the resumption of relations would be of benefit not only to the Somali Republic and to Britain but also, in the long run, to Kenya?

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Conway

The hon. Member will be aware that the present Somali Government failed to secure a Parliamentary vote of confidence on 14th July. Until another Somali Government is formed, I do not think that we can hope for any new development.

Photo of Mr Edward Mallalieu Mr Edward Mallalieu , Brigg

Will the Minister consider making a statement that Her Majesty's Government would welcome the resumption of these diplomatic relations in this important corner of Africa?

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Conway

If an approach is made to us, we will certainly give it very sympathetic consideration.