HC Deb 21 June 1944 vol 401 cc203-4W
Mr. Price

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information about the anti-Axis partisan movement in Bulgaria; and whether he is consulting with the Government of the U.S.S.R. with a view to finding out how best to assist this movement in the common effort.

Mr. Eden

There is a considerable political movement in Bulgaria opposed to the present Bulgarian Government's pro-German policy, and there are also guerilla bands operating in various parts of Bulgaria. The hon. Member will, of course, understand that it would not be in the public interest to disclose any details about the activities of either this political opposition or those actively opposing the Germans by arms, since to do so would furnish the Bulgarian Government and their German masters with information on which to plan their counter measures. As regards the second part of the Question, the hon. Member will understand that the situation of His Majesty's Government and of the Soviet Government in this matter is not the same since the Soviet Union is not at war with Bulgaria and has still diplomatic relations with it.