HC Deb 20 August 1940 vol 364 cc1131-2
77. Mr. Noel-Baker

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make a statement concerning the recent events in Albania; their effect on the situation in south-east Europe; and the attitude of His Majesty's Government towards the restoration of the freedom of the Albanian people?

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Butler)

From reports which have reached His Majesty's Government, it appears that in the earlier part of this month there was a rising on a considerable scale against the Italians in Albania. Fighting is reported to have taken place between Italians and Albanians, resulting in casualties on both sides as well as in the destruction of Albanian villages. I have at present nothing further to add to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) on 19th June.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is it not plain that so long as the Italians seek to oppress the liberty of freedom-loving people in Albania, there will be no peace in that country and no peace for other nations in the Balkans?

Mr. Butler

The truth of the hon. Member's question would seem to be apparent in recent events.