10 MAY 1930, Page 2

The Egyptian Treaty When we write, on Thursday, the Anglo-Egyptian

negotiations, which were suspended during the Easter recess, are going through an extremely anxious stage. Even if Mr. Henderson has convinced the Egyptian delegates that they had better withdraw their very ill-advised attempt to confine the British troops in the Canal Zone to a cramped and unhealthy position, he has by no means settled the future of the Sudan. The Egyptians have revived their old claim to sovereignty, and have proposed that the tokens of Egyptian sovereignty should be equality of number between the British and Egyptian officials and the return to the Sudan of the Egyptian troops. Mr. Henderson naturally remembers that the Labour Government in 1924 were greatly per- turbed by the anti-British propaganda in the Sudan, and that Mr. MacDonald had to use the plainest possible language in informing Zaghlul Pasha that the British Government owed good government to the people of the Sudan, and could not in any circumstances be untrue to this obligation. At that time, of course, there were Egyptian officials and Egyptian troops in the Sudan, and when Sir Lee Stack, the Governor-General of the Sudan, had been murdered, both were removed.