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Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 19 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is prepared to make a statement as to the present political position of Martinique?

I have nothing to add to the public announcements which have been made by the United States Government. According to these announcements, the United States Government informed the Vichy High Commissioner at Martinique on 26th April that the United States Government abrogated all informal understandings with Martinique and had instructed the American Consul-General there to return to the United States, leaving the consulate in the charge of a consular officer who would not be authorised to enter into or conduct any negotiations of a political character. Admiral Robert's reply to this communication was described by Mr. Cordell Hull on the 4th May as an indication of an incomprehensible attitude.