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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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the subject, will he answer the point about material going
through from British Somaliland and up the Nile through the
Sudan and Gambela ? "
THE PRIME MINISTER : " I am sorry I cannot answer that
question. I have had no notice of it, and have not the slightest
idea to what the right hon. Gentleman is referring. I never
heard of it before. I will ask my hon. Friend to make inquiries
and, if possible, give the right hon. Gentleman an answer
later on. I was saying that we cannot abandon the position
we have taken up in regard to the settlement of the Spanish
question which we have over and over again declared to the
House. But, on the other hand, we profoundly regret this
unforeseen delay which has taken place in the completion of
the Agreement, and we shall do all that we possibly can to
facilitate the withdrawal of the foreign volunteers from Spain,
in order that that country may cease to offer any threat to the
peace of Europe/'
MR. ATTLEE : " Do I gather from the right hon. Gentle-
man's present statement that what he means by a settlement
in Spain is the volunteers* withdrawal agreement ? Hitherto
we have not known what he meant by a settlement in Spain.
Do I understand now that it is merely a question of volunteers
being withdrawn ? "
THE PRIME MINISTER : " I would like to see what happens
when the volunteers are withdrawn. If His Majesty's Govern-
ment think that Spain has ceased to be a menace to the peace
of Europe, I think we shall regard that as a settlement of the
Spanish question.
" In recent weeks the attention of His Majesty's Govern-
ment has necessarily been particularly directed to two areas in
Europe. One is that with which I have been dealing; the
other is Czechoslovakia. In dealing with Czechoslovakia it
is very difficult for people in this country, with the exception
of a comparatively small number who have made a special
study of the position, to arrive at a just conclusion as to the
rights and wrongs of the dispute between the Czechoslovakian
Government and the Sudeten Germans. Many of us would
have been very glad if we could have left this matter to be
decided by the two parties concerned; but, unfortunately,
here again we are only too conscious that there are all the