HC Deb 24 July 1950 vol 478 cc28-9
49. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the conversations between representatives of His Majesty's Government and the Government of Albania on the subject of the means of payment to be adopted by Albania of the damages awarded against her by The Hague Court by reason of her mining of His Majesty's ships in the Corfu Channel, have yet been concluded; and when payments will be made.

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Ernest Davies)

A third discussion took place in Paris on 17th July. It was inconclusive, but the Albanian delegate was pressed hard to put forward concrete proposals. He was told that failure to do so would compel His Majesty's Government to doubt the Albanian Government's good faith. It is expected that a further meeting will take place shortly.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Can the Minister say what will happen if the further meeting is equally inconclusive?

Mr. Davies

In that event, we should have to consider turning to other remedies.

Mr. Pickthorn

Does the Under-Secretary's original answer mean that, so far, there has been no practical proposal of any sort made by either side?

Mr. Davies

Inasmuch as the discussions have not brought forth any result, as yet, the answer to that question would obviously be "No."

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