§ 7. Mr. BELLENGER
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Italian Government still recognise the validity of British and Egyptian interests in Lake Tsana as set out in the 1906 treaty and the 1925 exchange of notes?
§ Mr. EDEN
His Majesty's Government have no reason to suppose that the Italian Government have any thought of contesting these rights; on the contrary, the Italian Government have on several occasions during the last year or 18 months indicated their intention to respect these rights. These assurances were officially confirmed on 3rd April last, when the Italian Ambassador called at the Foreign Office, on instructions from his Government, to record and re-emphasise that the Italian Government were conscious of their obligation towards His Majesty's Government and had no intention of overlooking or repudiating them. I understand that similar assurances were conveyed direct to the Egyptian Government.