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Rumania (Arrests)

Volume 439: debated on Monday 30 June 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has instructed the British representative in Bucharest to join with the U.S. Government in protesting against the wholesale arrest of opposition deputies in Rumania and their detention in prison under deplorable conditions.


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a reply has been received to the note of protest about the treatment of political prisoners, delivered to the Rumanian Government; and if he will make a statement.

The British political representative in Bucharest protested to the Rumanian Government on 25th June. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT the full text of the memorandum he presented. No reply has yet been received to this protest. His Majesty's Government's attitude to the Rumanian Government will naturally depend on whether they are satisfied that it is the Rumanian Government's intention to abide by the terms of the Peace Treaty, including Article III. It is not, however, His Majesty's Government's intention to withhold ratification of the Treaty.

Will the Minister bear in mind that the next logical step to these events in Rumania is the forcible incorporation of Rumania in the Soviet economy and the forcible stamping out of all opposition to the Communists?

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