HC Deb 02 August 1944 vol 402 cc1418-9W
Captain Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government intend to conclude with the Czechoslovak Government an agreement for the administration of liberated Czechoslovak territory similar to those recently concluded by His Majesty's Government and the United States Government with the Governments of Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway.

Mr. Eden

His Majesty's Government trust that the liberation of Czechoslovakia by the united efforts of the Allied nations and of the Czechoslovak people will not now be long delayed. They accordingly welcomed the recent Liberation Agreement between the Soviet and Czechoslovak Governments, about which they were kept fully informed in advance. These Agreements are, however, intended to meet certain immediate practical necessities arising out of the entry of liberating forces into Allied territory. In view of the present disposition of Allied Forces, no useful purpose would at present be served by an Anglo-Czechoslovak agreement on similar lines. I am, however, glad of this opportunity of reaffirming the warm and sympathetic interest of His Majesty's Government in the future welfare of Czechoslovakia and their desire that the close and amicable relations now happily existing between them and Dr. Benes' Government in London shall be maintained and developed between the peoples of the two countries after Czechoslovakia has resumed her rightful place as an independent nation, making her own contribution once again to the stability and prosperity of Central Europe.