HC Deb 04 June 1924 vol 174 c1218
7. Mr. MOREL

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that considerable friction, threatening a breach of the peace, has again arisen between Poland and Lithuania in regard to the future of Vilna; if he can say whether the Conference of Ambassadors is about to issue a warning to Lithuania; if, in view of the position of Lithuania under the decision of the Ambassadors Conference in regard to Vilna, His Majesty's Government will recommend that the whole question be referred to the League of Nations; and will he recommend that the activities of the Conference of Ambassadors in the settlement of these contentious questions may be curtailed and the activities of the League correspondingly increased?


The reports of friction to which the hon. Member refers have been brought to my knowledge. The Conference of Ambassadors proposes to address Notes to both the Lithuanian and the Polish Governments urging the importance of maintaining normal and friendly relations between the two countries. The question of Vilna was settled by the Ambassadors' Conference on the 15th March, 1923, after the failure of prolonged and patient efforts at mediation between Poland and Lithuania by the League of Nations; I do not think that any purpose would be served by inviting the League to re-open it.

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