§ 23. Mr. Harold Davies
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in his talks on the Middle East with the French Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, he will propose the issue of a joint declaration affirming strict respect for the obligations of the United Nations Charter concerning non-interference in the internal affairs of other States, and, in particular. opposition to any policy of intervention, direct or indirect, political or military, in the internal affairs of Iraq.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
These talks were concluded yesterday.
Whether or not such a declaration would have been desirable, it would certainly be unnecessary in view of the terms of the United Nations resolution 1022 unanimously carried on 21st August, 1958. That remains our policy. I am sending a copy of the resolution to the hon. Member and I draw his attention in particular to paragraphs 1 and 2.
§ Mr. Davies
Without, I hope, getting out of order on this occasion, may I ask the Foreign Secretary whether he would think it worth while to produce a White Paper on British Government policy in the Middle East in view of the complete change of policy since the days of the first Bagdad Pact?
§ 27. Mr. Zilliacus
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the present situation in Iraq and Iran, and in the relations between the former and Egypt, he will press for the conclusion of an agreement between the four great Powers who are permanent members of the Security Council to implement the obligations of the United Nations Charter concerning non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, joint action to control the traffic in arms, keep the peace and give economic and technical aid to Middle Eastern countries, and an abandonment of the policy of recruiting States in this area into military alliances with any of the great Powers.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer which I have given to Question No. 23. I am sending him a copy of that resolution. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics also voted for it. So far as economic and technical aid is concerned, we would welcome any scheme for that which has the support of the States in the area.
§ Mr. Zilliacus
As well as expressing my gratification for that reply, may I ask whether the right hon. and learned Gentleman will give an assurance that this means that there will be no repetition of the Jordan policy in case of internal disorders in either Iraq or Iran under the Bagdad Pact or any other agreement?