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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1951. The Near East and Africa

Egypt,   pp. 343-444 PDF (39.2 MB)

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are being reported by despatch.4 Briefly these provide for exchange of
notes between British and Egyptian Governments providing for
earliest practicable "self-government" Sudan followed by self-
determination by Sudanese as to form government they desire. Agree-
ment might also provide for standing Anglo-Egyptian-Sudanese
supervisory council to assist in putting into effect of agreed principles.
  6. Stevenson realizes Egyptians may well refuse such proposals but
believes such refusal should be made matter of record and would
represent moral victory in that Egyptians would be put in position of
rejecting principle of self-determination.
  7. Current thinking British C.O.S. being included in despatch men-
tioned paragraph 5. Stevenson believes it would be unrealistic for
British to put forth proposals which would provide for any effective
British control of bases after 1956.
   8. In my opinion Stevenson's concern at delays is much justified,
 He cannot hold off Egyptians much longer.
  'No. 1942, infra.
  641.74/2-la5 :Despatch
  The Ambassador in Egypt (Caffery) to the Department of State1
  TOP SECRET                              CAIRO, February 13, 1951.
  No. 1942
  Ref: Embtel 860 February 12, 1951 2
  Subject: Current British thinking re Egyptian demands.
  The reference telegram described briefly the current situation re-
  garding Anglo-Egyptian negotiations. The following information
  supplements the reference telegram, and should be read in conjunction
  The British Ambassador's proposals with regard to the Sudan
  (largely formulated by the Counselor of the British Embassy, J.
  Wardle-Smith, recently returned from a 6,000 mile trip of the Sudan)
  are as follows:
    The British Government'would propose a basic agreement (to be
  embodied in an exchange of notes). Three principles would be
    1. The need for close and friendly ties between all peoples of the
  Nile Valley (Wardle-Smith prefers that this specifically mention
  Egypt and Sudan, because Nile Valley includes other countries).
  1Drafted by Counselor of Embassy George Ht. Mattison. Copy to London.

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