HC Deb 14 June 1944 vol 400 cc1947-8
1. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether steps are being taken to substitute a new agreement with the Emperor of Ethiopia in place of the Military Convention of Agreement of 1942; what progress has been made; and whether he will bear in mind the advisability of relating the future of Ethiopia to the New World Organisation.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

The present position is that notice of termination of the Anglo-Ethiopian Agreement and Military Convention, provided for in Article 12 of the Agreement, was given by the Emperor to His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires on 25th May. In these circumstances it has been necessary, for His Majesty's Government to review their position, and they are doing so with the assistance of His Majesty's Minister, who had already reached this country on my invitation, for consultation.

Mr. Mander

Would not my right hon. Friend agree that, as soon as practicable, responsibilities, financial and otherwise, should be placed on as broad shoulders as possible, and not confined to this country?

Mr. Eden

I am always in favour of financial responsibility being widely spread.