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Wednesday, 4 August 1954

Mr CASEY (Minister for External Affairs) - The Australian Government has been kept well and continuously informed by the United Kingdom Government and also by our own Australian legation in Cairo over the last year, and even longer, about all aspects of the negotiations in respect of the Canal zone establishments! I do not believe that the United Kingdom Government or- this- Government puts less value than previously on the security of thecanal and the. canal zone. However, methods of waging war vary, and the methods of coping with' the defence of a particular place or area vary similarly. We know very well that those matters have been taken into account by the United Kingdom Government. The agreement that has been reached bears in mind the necessity, in. the view of the United Kingdom Government and, I think, of ourselves, to get and maintain the co-operation of the Egyptian Government in respect of the security of the Middle East as a whole. The honorable member for Angas doubtless knows that, under the agreement, United Kingdom troops which have been, and still- are, in the canal zone are to be re-deployed and used in various ways, and decentralized in various other areas in the Middle East, with the security of thegeneral area in mind.

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