26 FEBRUARY 1954, Page 4

When the Sudanese elections last December ended in t victory

for the pro-Egyptian parties, it was clear to everybod) except the Egyptians that this did not settle the questior- whether or how the Sudan was ultimately to unite with Egypt. h the first place, under the Anglo-Egyptian agreement thret years may pass before the Sudan achieves its full independence during which time the administration has gradually to pass int,e Sudanese hands and a plebiscite has to be organised in whic', the Sudanese decide their own future. In the second place. National Unionist Party is neither so solidly, nor so straight, forwardly, pro-Egyptian as its title implies. The row la`week-end, between the Egyptian member of the Sudanisatio', pg the representative of the pro-Egyptian National Unionist 'arty. Whether he had in doing this,. the full support of his ?arty and of the government is not clear. But his action is at ,:41st an indication that there are limits beyond which the cgYptians cannot go without damaging their own cause. The Whole incident indicates how difficult it is to carry out an agreement with a country whose intentions remain hostile.