HC Deb 09 April 1952 vol 498 c231W
62. Mr. E. Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can report any progress in the negotiations for a truce in Korea; and what obstacles still prevent the completion of a truce.

Mr. Eden

Since the reply which my right hon. Friend gave to the hon. and learned Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hector Hughes) on 5th March, agreement has been reached in naming the five ports of entry on either side at which neutral inspection teams will be based. To facilitate progress on the prisoners-of-war question, closed meetings from which the Press are excluded began on 25th March. These were adjourned on 4th April to allow both sides, in the words of the communiqué, "to develop additional avenues for discussion." No progress has been made on the two other unsettled questions—repair and reconstruction of airfields and the nomination of inspection teams.