HC Deb 17 December 1942 vol 385 cc2114-5W
Mr. Butcher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make on the policy of His Majesty's Government towards Albania?

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir. His Majesty's Government sympathise with the fate of the Albanians, a people among the earliest victims of Fascist aggression. They wish to see Albania freed from the Italian yoke and restored to her independence. The form of regime and government to be introduced into Albania will be a matter for the Albanian people themselves to decide at the end of the war. What I have said does not in any way prejudge the question of Albania's position in relation to such future arrangements as may be reached between the various Balkan States. His Majesty's Government regard the question of the frontiers of the Albanian State after the war as a question which will have to be considered at the peace settlement.