HC Deb 29 March 1944 vol 398 cc1412-3
9. Mr. Cocks

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make a statement on the position in the Argentine and the policy of President Farrell respecting trade relations with the Axis and the presence of Axis agents in Argentina.

Mr. Eden

There has been no material change in the situation since my statement to the House on 8th March. On 10th March President Ramirez formally resigned his office, and it was assumed by General Farrell who, as I stated on 8th March, had previously declared that the foreign policy of General Ramirez would be maintained. This policy included suspension of economic and financial relations with the Axis. On 22nd March General Farrell stated in a Press interview that Argentine foreign policy was fully conscious of the moral duties born of Argentina's community of origin with other American nations. It remains to be seen how this sentiment and earlier assurances will be translated into deeds.

Mr. Cocks

Will the right hon. Gentleman say something about the last part of the Question? Is it not a serious situation that the influence of these Axis agents is spreading from the Argentine to neighbouring States?

Mr. Eden

I understand that warrants for the arrest of a number of persons charged with espionage for the Axis have been issued in the Argentine. With regard to the Embassies, they are to be removed as soon as facilities can be provided.

Mr. Mack

Is there any connection between this President Farrell and similar elements in the Irish Free State who are causing embarrassment by their relationship with the Axis?

Mr. Astor

Is it not a fact that ships are coming from the Argentine without navicerts?

Mr. Eden

We are certainly receiving supplies from the Argentine.