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Tuesday, 6 December 1960

Mr McEWEN (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade) - I have no official information at all on this matter although I am aware that a certain publication has claimed that sugar bought by the Soviet from Cuba has been sold by Bulgaria to

Jordan at a price lower than the prevailing world price. I can only express the hope that this is not so because, of all the international commodity agreements that have been aimed at or achieved, none has been so successful as the International Sugar Agreement, nor has any other commodity been accorded the same co-operative attention by the Communist countries that sugar has been accorded. The Soviet Union, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary are all members of the International Sugar Agreement, and I would be surprised if, in fact, in face of their participation in that agreement, there was deliberate Communist action which could result in breaking the agreement.

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