§ 9. Mr. Sutcliffe
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the present position of the Congo Basin treaties; and how they will be affected by the Atlantic Charter?
§ Mr. Eden
The present position is that the Convention of Saint-Germain-on-Laye of 10th September, 1919, which is the most recent embodiment of the so-called Congo Basin treaties, remains in force as between the British Empire, the United States of America, Belgium, Portugal and territories under the control of the French National Committee, but is at any rate suspended as between opposing belligerents. It is not possible for His Majesty's Government alone to state how these arrangements may be affected by the Atlantic Charter, and the whole question will, in fact, fall to be dealt with in due course as part of the peace settlement.