§ 57. Sir P. Hannon
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has considered the resolution, a copy of which has been sent him, which was adopted at a meeting of 5,000 people, presided over by the Archbishop of Birmingham, at Birmingham Town Hall, on 30th October, and embodies a protest against the treatment of Catholic priests in Bulgaria, Hungary and Roumania; and, in view of the obligations in relation to human rights placed upon these countries by the Peace Treaties, if he will make fresh representations to their Governments on this subject.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Yes, Sir, my right hon. Friend has taken note of the resolution. The hon. Member will be aware that the General Assembly of the United Nations has, in connection with the human rights issue, asked the International Court of Justice for a ruling on four points arising out of the provisions in the Peace Treaties 1685 for the settlement of disputes. His Majesty's Government therefore feel bound to await the decision of the Court before considering what further action to take.
§ Sir P. Hannon
In the meantime, are the Government using every influence possible to impress upon these nations their obligations to observe the provisions about human rights in the treaties?
§ Mr. Mayhew
I do not see how we could have been more pressing in this matter than we have been, but if the hon. Gentleman has any suggestion to make, I will look into it.
§ Mr. Lipson
Can my hon. Friend say when the International Court is expected to announce its decision?