HC Deb 14 March 1945 vol 409 c213
19. Mr. Price

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has yet received a request for the recognition of the Albanian Government, set up in Tirana under General Enver Hoxha; and whether it is proposed to invite this government to send a representative to the Conference at San Francisco.

Mr. Eden

His Majesty's Government have recently received such a request. They consider, however, that the situation in Albania is at present too obscure to justify recognition of the present administration as a Government. The answer to the second part of the Question is "No, Sir."

Mr. Price

Do we recognise any authority, de facto, in Albania now?

Mr. Eden

A British Military Mission is shortly to arrive in Albania which will keep His Majesty's Government informed.

Sir Herbert Williams

Can my right hon. Friend pronounce the name of the General mentioned in the Question?

Mr. Eden

I would be too modest to make the attempt.

Mr. J. J. Davidson

In view of the obscure position in Albania, would the right hon. Gentleman consider sending a Parliamentary delegation?