HC Deb 11 June 1947 vol 438 c1053
22. Professor Savory

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware of the anxiety of the inhabitants of Carinthia, who are in daily fear of a Yugoslav invasion of this frontier province; and whether the British representative on the Austrian Control Commission has been given instructions to reassure the Austrian people that this Austrian province in the British zone will receive adequate protection.

Mr. Bevin

I am aware that rumours of possible Yugoslav incursions have lately been prevalent and have produced some nervousness in Carinthia. I am informed, however, that this nervousness has now decreased as a result of the firm attitude of the three Western Powers during the Moscow Conference to the Yugoslav claims. The British Information Services in Austria have made the position of His Majesty's Government clear to the Austrian people, and it would seem unnecessary to instruct the High Commissioner to take any further action. The situation will, however, continue to be carefully watched.

Professor Savory

Many thanks.