HC Deb 21 December 1944 vol 406 c1953
77. Sir H. Williams

asked the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government still recognise the Governments of the Republics of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

Mr. George Hall

His Majesty's Government have not recognised any Governments in the Republics of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania since the changes which occurred in June, 1940.

Sir H. Williams

As these changes are in conflict with the principles of the Atlantic Charter and our agreement with the U.S.S.R., why have we left these people in the lurch?

Mr. Hall

I do not know that it can be said that they have been left in the lurch as, since 1940, no Government in these territories has sought, or indeed been granted, recognition.

Sir H. Williams

Is not our treatment of these countries identical with the treatment of Czechoslovakia by Germany? What is the moral difference?

Mr. Petherick

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these Baltic States were only under Russian domination for something just over 100 years? Can he give us an assurance that that which is condemned in the case of Germany will not he condoned in the case of Russia?