§ 27. Colonel WEDGWOOD
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the Genoa Conference, to which both Russia and Poland are coming, His Majesty's Government will now recognise the Lithuanian Republic de jure, so that they too may attend at Genoa, and not leave Lithuanian interests in the hands of Russia and Poland; and, if not, whether the non-recognition of Lithuania is due to any representations that have been made from Paris?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Cecil Harmsworth)
The application of Lithuania for an invitation to the Genoa Conference has been granted. The de jure recognition of the new States that have resulted from the War is a decision that has, as a rule, been taken by the Great Powers in combination at a meeting of the Supreme Council; and it is presumed that the same procedure, which has the merit of producing uniform action, will be followed in the present case.
§ Lord R. CECIL
Is it not a fact that Finland was recogised de jure by some of the Powers long before it was recognised by some of the other Powers? There has been no uniformity in the Practice. May I ask, further, whether, in view of the peculiar circumstances of Lithuania, the Government will not consider the advisability of recognising that State de jure immediately?
§ Mr. HARMSWORTH
The Noble Lord knows what are the particular difficulties; but the matter is always under the consideration of the Government.
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Then what are the particular difficulties attached to the de jure recognition of Lithuania? Is it not fear of the Peace of Paris which restrains us?