HC Deb 26 January 1944 vol 396 cc665-6
5. Captain Alan Graham

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in order to avoid anarchy and the further shedding of blood by premature risings in German-occupied Europe, he will henceforth confine British recognition and support strictly to those partisans who are recognised by their own legitimate Governments recognised as Allies by us.

Mr. Eden

As I stated in the House on 14th December last, it is the policy of His Majesty's Government to give all practical help in their power to those elements in German-occupied Europe which are actively resisting the enemy.

Captain Graham

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the disaster to human life and to our prestige in the Balkans through premature risings—premature because they have not apparently come as a response to the order of General Sir Henry Maitland Wilson of 8th September, 1943, telling them to await the signal for a general rising, which has never yet, as far as I know, been given?

Mr. Eden

My hon. and gallant Friend is going into considerable detail in a Supplementary Question. We are, of course, in contact with this movement through a mission, and if he implies that they have taken action without encouragement, I do not think that that is so. If my hon. and gallant Friend was referring to General Tito's forces my experience is that his actions have been immensely helpful to the Allied effort.