Feis, Herbert
July 1960
Foreign Affairs;Jul1960, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p598
The article reports on international conflict between the United States and Great Britain regarding Suez Canal. Few differences have so estranged the American and British Governments as the one that resulted from the seizure of the Suez Canal. Ex-prime minister of Great Britain Anthony Eden, two years before, had prevailed upon his colleagues, to assent to the evacuation of the British base in the Canal Zone. In an agreement with the U.S. President signed at that time, the two governments had confirmed their recognition that the canal was a waterway of international importance, and avowed their wish to uphold the International Convention of 1888 which provided that "the Suez Maritime Canal shall always be free and open, in time of war as in time of peace, to every vessel of commerce or of war without distinction of flag." Eden says that Failure to keep the canal international would inevitably lead to the loss one by one of our interests and assets in the Middle East, and even if Her Majesty's Government had to act alone they could not stop short of using force to protect their position.


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