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Eritrea And Ethiopia

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 1 June 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the fact that His Majesty's Government favour the reunion of Eritrea to Ethiopia, he will instruct the British Military Administration to extend full rights of organisation and propaganda to the Eritrean popular movement for reunion with Ethiopia.

My right hon. Friend deprecates the implication, contained in my hon. Friend's Question, that the degree of political liberty in Eritrea is governed by His Majesty's Government's policy for the future of the territory. The Unionist Party of Eritrea is in possession of full political rights. As regards the Youth Movement of that Party, I have nothing to add to the reply given to my hon. Friend on this subject on 30th May.