HC Deb 15 July 1963 vol 681 c18
18. Mr. Wall

asked the Lord Privy Seal what recent communications he has had with the Government of the Somali Republic about the Somali Region of Kenya and about the resumption of diplomatic relations between Great Britain and the Republic.

Mr. P. Thomas

A Note from the Somali Government about the Northern Frontier District of Kenya has been received by Her Majesty's Government through the Protecting Power, and is under consideration. There has been no communication about the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the Somali Republic.

Mr. Wall

While it is to be hoped that this problem may be solved within the context of the East African Federation, would not my hon. Friend agree that the British Government have a special responsibility, still being the sovereign Power, and also because a large majority of the inhabitants have indicated their wish to join the Somali Republic?

Mr. Thomas

We certainly agree that we have a responsibility up to the time of independence. We hope that agreement will be reached between all parties concerned before the date set for independence.

Mr. E. L. Mallalieu

Will Her Majesty's Government make clear to the Government of Kenya how undesirable it is to have in the area of any country a "Sudetenland" capable of giving trouble in the future?

Mr. Thomas

I am sure that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations will take note of what the hon. and learned Gentleman says.