HC Deb 10 August 1920 vol 133 cc199-200

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Rustem Haibar Bey, representative of the King of the Hedjaz at the Peace Conference in Paris, has been recalled by the king in consequence of the latest developments in Syria; whether before leaving he lodged a protest with the League of Nations against the French action in Syria; and, if so, when the protest will be considered by the League of Nations?


I have no information as to the recall of Rustem Haidar Bey. The Hedjaz delegation lodged a protest with the League of Nations, but I do not know when it will be considered.

49 and 50. Mr. RAPER

asked the Prime Minister (1) whether the Arab government has been consulted regarding the negotiations in progress between Great Britain and France for establishing permanent northern and eastern frontiers for Palestine; and what attitude the Arab government has adopted:

(2) what is considered to be the southern boundary of the area under the French mandate in those parts of Syria which lie to the east of the River Jordan?


It is proposed that the boundary, which has not yet been settled, between the British and French spheres of influence shall be delimited on the ground by a Commission on which the respective local authorities will be represented, but the determination of the frontier itself is a matter for the principal Allied Powers, in whose favour Turkey is to renounce all rights in these regions.


When the right hon. Gentleman refers to the local authorities does he mean the Arab Government existing to-day?


No, Sir, we really mean the people who have recently been appointed in the district.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Are the Zionist community in Palestine to have any representative on this Boundary Commission?


I should like notice of that question.

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