HC Deb 08 December 1952 vol 509 cc2-3
7. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the Defence Agreement dated 29th August, 1947, between the United Kingdom Government and the Government of Burma, he will make a statement on the military action taken by the Government of Burma against the Chinese Nationalist troops in the Kengtury Province of Burma.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Anthony Eden)

No, Sir. The Defence Agreement has no bearing on this matter.

Mr. Henderson

Can the Foreign Secretary say whether the troops in question came to Burma from Siam? Secondly, does he still take the view that the Chinese Nationalist authorities in Formosa have no responsibility for these Chinese troops in Burma?

Mr. Eden

The internal aspect of this is, of course, one for the Government of Burma. As the right hon. and learned Member will remember, I did make a suggestion about international examination of this problem which was not taken up. Therefore, I do not see that there is anything more I can do in this respect except to make inquiries and from my inquiries I do not think that there is now any traffic through Siam.