§ 1. Mr. Riley
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Allied commanders in the Mediterranean are continuing to give military assistance to General Mihailovitch in Yugoslavia; whether there is an Allied mission now collaborating with General Mihailovitch; and whether he can make any statement regarding the present position of the Yugoslav Government in Cairo.
§ The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)
I can at present add nothing to the very full statement on the situation in Yugoslavia which was made by the Prime Minister in his speech of 22nd February.
§ Mr. Riley
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Prime Minister did not deal with the points in the Question; does he appreciate that this Question was on the Order Paper a fortnight ago and I refrained from putting it, in the hope that, in the meantime, the right hon. Gentleman would have some information of a definite character; and does he also appreciate that we want to know which horse we are backing in Yugoslavia?
§ Mr. Ivor Thomas
Has the right hon Gentleman received a document from the Slovene Socialist Party dated, Ljubljana, 17th December, 1943, protesting that the "Liberation Front" of Tito is not a national movement, is not a democratic movement, is not a freedom movement, and is not a social movement, and also protesting against the military assistance to Tito?
§ 11. Mr. Cocks
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has considered the request from the Yugoslav National Committee of Liberation to prevent the Yugoslav Government in Cairo from making use of the gold reserve in the Royal Yugoslav National Bank; and whether he will state the attitude of His Majesty's Government on the subject.
§ Mr. Petherick
Is not my right hon. Friend aware that the only authority which has any right to this gold is the Government of King Peter?
§ Mr. Eden
Yes, Sir, but the position is not quite so simple as that. I had the same reaction as my hon. Friend at first, but it is not so simple because this bank is not a Government bank and, in addition to that, there are complications in relation to the provisions of the trading with the enemy legislation affecting the banks in enemy-occupied countries. The position is legally complicated.