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Anglo-American Talks (Washington Declaration)

Volume 529: debated on Thursday 8 July 1954

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asked the Prime Minister whether arising from the recent Washington communiqué, he will now seek to establish the principle of self-government for all countries whose people desire it.

The Washington declaration reaffirms the guiding principles of the Atlantic Charter, and I have no hesitation in saying that these principles are always respected in the exercise of British policy.


asked the Prime Minister whether he will attempt to apply, in relation to nations now divided against their will, the principle of unity through free and fairly conducted elections approved by the Churchill-Eisenhower communiqué in Washington; and, in particular, if he will undertake to apply this principle to Ireland.

The terms of the declaration speak for themselves, and I have nothing to add. They do not seem to be applicable to Ireland.