§ 22. Mrs. Castle
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether Her Majesty's Government will recognise the new régime in the Yemen.
§ 34. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Lord Privy Seal, in view of the changed military circumstances in the Yemen and evidence of the stability of the present Yemen Government, if Her Majesty's Government will now recognise that Government.
§ Mrs. Castle
is not the position of Her Majesty's Government becoming rapidly ridiculous? Is it not thanks to United Nations mediation that an agreement has been reached to end outside intervention in the Yemen and thus meet one of the objections made earlier by Her Majesty's Government? Is it not also a fact that the Yemen is shortly to join the new United Arab Republic, and would it not have strengthened our friendly relations with the Republic had we made the sensible gesture and recognised the new régime of the Yemen before that happened?
§ Mr. Heath
I told the House earlier of the normal criteria, which we are observing for recognition in this case. We warmly welcome the undertakings which have been given by the United Arab Republic and Saudi Arabia regarding intervention in the Yemen. Perhaps we may also recognise that this was to a considerable extent due to the work of Mr. Bunker on behalf of the American Government and Dr. Bundle on behalf of members of the U.N. It would be wise first to see those 704 undertakings carried out and then to see how the situation progresses.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Is the Lord Privy Seal not aware that one of the reasons we gave for withholding recognisition was the alleged instability of the country and the possibility of attack by the ex-Imam on the present Government? Seeing that stability has now apparently been restored and that there is no further evidence of attack in the near future, has not one of the reasons for withholding recognition now disappeared and, in consequence, should not recognition now be granted?
§ Mr. Gordon Walker
Does the Lord Privy Seal not realise that he is giving the impression to me that he is fabricating reasons for not recognising the new régime in the Yemen? Is the present régime any less stable than the previous one, which we recognise? That was not very stable, yet we recognised it for a very long time.
§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
Can we be assured that there will be no such recognition until all foreign forces have been withdrawn, which will show us how much genuine support the new régime enjoys?