HC Deb 23 April 1941 vol 371 cc177-8
Mr. Erskine Hill (by Private Notice)

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make on the subject of the relations of His Majesty's Government with the Yugoslav Government?

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir. The King of Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Government, having been forced by enemy action to leave Yugoslavia, have now established themselves in the Middle East. The Yugoslav Government thus continues as the properly constituted Government of the whole of Yugoslavia which country is at war with Germany and Italy at the side of the Allies. On 21st April, His Majesty's Government received a formal assurance from the Yugoslav President of the Council of the intention of the Yugoslav Government to stand faithfully by His Majesty's Government as Allies, and of their resolve to continue the struggle until final victory is won. I need scarcely inform the House that His Majesty's Government take note of this assurance with the utmost satisfaction and declare, for their part, that it is their firm intention fully to restore the independence of Yugoslavia. Meanwhile the Yugoslav Government may count on the fullest possible measure of help from His Majesty's Government in the prosecution of the struggle against the common enemy.

Mr. Riley

Has the Foreign Secretary any information as to the whereabouts and safety of Dr. Matchek?

Mr. Eden

No, Sir, I regret that I have none at present.

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