HC Deb 20 July 1955 vol 544 c37W
3. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the efforts of General Burns, the Chairman of the Mixed Armistice Commission, to get a reduction of tension between Israel and Egypt in the Gaza strip.

Mr. Nutting

General Burns has had a series of meetings with Egyptian and Israeli representatives since 28th June. According to the communiqué issued after the last meeting on 15th July, arrangements for maintaining security along the demarcation line have been discussed and the points to be settled have been reduced to a very limited number. The next meeting is due to be held today. I shall like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the patient and resourceful manner in which General Burns is helping to conduct these difficult negotiations. Her Majesty's Government will continue to do all in their power to assist in bringing about a satisfactory conclusion.