HC Deb 20 January 1942 vol 377 cc242-3W
Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the terms of the declaration signed recently in the United States of America by the representatives of 26 States, and also give the names of the States; and what arrangements have been made for further signatures?

Mr. Law

The terms of the Declaration by United Nations signed at Washington on 1st January are as followA joint declaration by the United States of America, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, China, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Luxemburg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, South Africa, Yugoslavia: The Governments signatory hereto having subscribed to a common programme of purposes and principles embodied in the joint declaration of the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dated 14th August, 1941, known as the Atlantic Charter, being convinced that complete victory over their enemies is essential to defend life, liberty, independence and religious freedom and to preserve human rights and justice in their own lands as well as in other lands and that they are now engaged in a common struggle against savage and brutal forces seeking to subjugate the world, declare:

  1. (1) Each Government pledges itself to employ its full resources military or economic against those members of the Tripartite Pact and its adherents with which such Government is at war.
  2. (2) Each Government pledges itself to co-operate with the Governments signatory hereto and not to make a separate Armistice or Peace with the enemies.
The foregoing declaration may be adhered to by other nations which are or which may be rendering material assistance and contributions in the struggle for victory over Hitlerism.

As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the concluding sentence of the declaration. The following statement was also issued by the United States Government on 6th January: In order that liberty loving peoples, silenced by military force, may have an opportunity to support the principles of the declaration by United Nations, the Government of the United States as the depository for that declaration will receive statements of adherence to its principles from appropriate authorities which are not governments.