Results 141–160 of 13831 for speaker:Mr Anthony Eden

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: I beg to move, to leave out from "House" to the end of the Question and to add instead thereof: approves of the prompt action taken by Her Majesty's Government designed to bring hostilities between Israel and Egypt to an end and to safeguard vital international and national interests, and pledges its full support for all steps necessary to secure these ends. I undertook a few moments ago that...

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: That is not the question that I was originally asked. The question that I was originally asked was whether there had been a declaration of war by us. The answer is that there has not been a declaration of war by us.

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: rose—

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: I wish to allay the anxiety of the House on the two points which I was asked. On the first, I repeat that there has been no declaration of war by us. On the second, the Geneva Convention applies to any state of armed conflict. Therefore, it applies in the present conditions just as it applied in Korea. That is the position of the International Red Cross in the matter. [Interruption.] The hon....

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: I repeat that there has been no declaration of war by us, and that the Geneva Convention applies.

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: We are in an armed conflict; that is the phrase I have used. There has been no declaration of war. The important point which I think the House wanted to have met, and which I have met, is whether the Geneva Conventions apply to the present situation. After all, the whole indignation was "What about our soldiers, sailors and airmen?" I have replied quite clearly that the Conventions do apply...

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: Once again let me explain that the provisions of the Geneva Convention apply so far as prisoners of war are concerned to the present situation. We are so treating the prisoners. They are bound by the Geneva Convention too, and the International Red Cross is in communication with them as with us. We are all of us bound by the provisions of the Geneva Convention—Israel, Egypt and ourselves.

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: We signed, of course, an earlier Convention than the present one. We signed both Conventions, but we are governed by the earlier one previous to the ratification of the new one. I have said that although we have not ratified the new one, Her Majesty's Government consider themselves bound by it. They are so replying to the International Red Cross who are also approaching the other two...

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: No, Sir. I repeat once again that the Geneva Convention applies to any state of armed conflict whether there has been a declaration of war or not. I do not think that I can make the position clearer than that.

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: What I said was perfectly clear on that point. We are in a state of armed conflict. The whole basis of the request as put to me is: What would be our position and rights under the Geneva Convention? I have said quite clearly to the House that the rights apply completely here as they did in Korea—even more so as everyone has signed or ratified the Convention.

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: That is a point that either my right hon. Friend or I will deal with in the course of our remarks. I think that I must proceed to make some observation on the last two days' debate.

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: I should like to make my own observations now, as the right hon. Gentleman did in his concluding remarks, upon the debates which have been taking place in the last few days. I should like to tell the House some reflections which I want to put before hon. Members in reply to the charges which have been made, to the invective sometimes deployed against the Government's action, action which I...

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: Everybody has his views. It was done by the Government which the right hon. Gentleman often supports. It is all too easy to forget how the end of the Mandate resulted in full-scale conflict between Israel and the Arabs, which did not cease until the uneasy Armistice of 1949. Since then, there has been no period when there has not been a constant sense of danger and strain, punctuated by...

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: —and military conventions between Egypt and other States are being concluded. I must recall that there was immediate reaction in Egypt—and this is how the main part of the trouble arose—at the time of the events in Abadan. Immediately after the Abadan events, there came the immediate reaction of Egypt, the repudiation of the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty, and later the massacres in Cairo of...

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: Might not have arisen.

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: Because if there had been immediate progress on that issue, I have no doubt it would have brought about a comparable relaxation in other areas of tension. [Interruption.] Of course, certainly. If the right hon. Gentleman thinks that agreement over Suez would have made no contribution to the situation, I will not continue to argue the matter with him.

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: All I have said was simply that if there could have been carried that Resolution, it would without doubt have improved the Middle Eastern situation. I should have thought that was a glimpse of the obvious to anyone. Now may I go back to the personal accusation made yesterday, that I myself was too much obsessed by the events of the 'thirties and, in consequence, old-fashioned? However that...

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: Much has been said in the course of this debate, and by the right hon. Member for Llanelly, about the effect of our actions on the unity of the Commonwealth, and, particularly yesterday, Australia was many times mentioned. I therefore propose to quote to the House a passage from a speech delivered by the Prime Minister of Australia—[Interruption.]—who certainly did more than anyone else...

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: I think we are entitled to judge that when we know what the decision is.

Egypt and Israel ( 1 Nov 1956)

Mr Anthony Eden: I did not say that. We are entitled to know what we are being asked to accept before I say whether we accept it or not. I may add, in relation to what the right hon. Gentleman told us just now about the 1950 Declaration—


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