§ 72. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the frontier between the Yemen and the South Arabian Federation has remained quiet in recent months; and what representations respecting the frontier have been made by either Royalist or Republican authorities controlling respective areas in the Yemen.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
Although exchanges of fire initiated from the Yemeni side of the frontier had taken place almost daily in the Beihan area from the beginning of June up to 24th October, I am glad to record relative quiet during the past month. During this period the only significant incident took place on20th November, when Yemeni tribesmen crossed the border and fired on Beihani tribesmen and a military post: the fire was returned and the Yemenis withdrew.
Inaccurate Notes of protest from the Yemeni Republican authorities about alleged violations of the frontier were received regularly at one time, but none has been received since the 15th of August. Letters of protest from the Republican authorities were circulated to the Security Council on 24th June and 29th August and these, together with our replies,are in the Library of the House.111W
No representations about the frontier have been received during the past year from the Government of the Imam of the Yemen, who do not at present control any of the areas of the Yemen bordering on the South Arabian Federation.