HC Deb 08 March 1944 vol 397 c2028
5. Mr. Ivor Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Foreiģn Affairs whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to maintain relations with the present Government of Argentina.

Mr. Eden

On 25th February it was announced in Buenos Aires that "fatigued by the intense tasks of Government," President Ramirez had delegated his functions to the Vice-President, General Farrell. In view of the obscurity surrounding the circumstances in which this announcement came to be made, His Majesty's Ambassador has, since that time, confined his communications to the Argentine Government to routine matters only, and a similar procedure is being observed as regards communications between His Majesty's Government and the Argentine Ambassador in London. This attitude will be maintained pending developments in Buenos Aires.

I might add that His Majesty's Government attach particular importance to definite action being taken to fulfil the declarations made by General Mason on 28th February and General Farrell on 3rd March that the foreign policy of General Ramirez will be continued unchanged. The House will observe that this attitude corresponds to that taken up by the United States Government with whom we are of course in close and constant contact on this matter.

Mr. Neil Maclean

Will the right hon. Gentleman inform us when he is likely to make to the House a full and complete statement with regard to affairs in Argentina?

Mr. Eden

I think the statement I have just made is as complete a statement as I can make about an indefinite and incomplete situation.

Mr. Lipson

Is trade with Argentina continuing?