HC Deb 05 December 1938 vol 342 c845
6. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Prime Minister whether Italy has ceased to be regarded by His Majesty's Government as the aggressor in the Italo-Ethioplan dispute, in view of the fact that fighting still continues in Ethiopla?

Mr. Butler

The views of His Majesty's Government on this subject were stated by the Prime Minister in the course of the Debate on 2nd May and have not changed.

Mr. MacMillan

In view of the fact that Italy is still recognised as the aggressor in this case, does His Majesty's Government not consider it would be wise to get a settlement of that dispute, and bring her within the law of nations before making a new agreement with her?

Mr. Butler

I do not think I can express the view of the Government better than by referring the hon. Member to column 543 of the OFFICIAL REPORT for 2nd May.

Mr. Alexander

May I ask the Under Secretary to answer this question—whether, in view of the recognition of Italian sovereignty in Ethiopla, the Government now regard the native people fighting against Italy as aggressors?

Mr. Butler

I cannot express the Government's view better than the Prime Minister did on the occasion mentioned.

Mr. Ede

Do the Government put the present rebels in Ethiopla on the same grounds as General Franco?

Vice-Admiral Taylor

Is it not a fact that such fighting as is taking place is between the Italian forces and bandit forces?

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