HC Deb 21 June 1880 vol 253 cc426-7

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government, before joining in any general action on the part of the European Powers to enforce, either diplomatically or otherwise, the cession of certain districts of Albania to Montenegro, will take steps to learn whether the Albanian inhabitants of the districts which it is proposed to cede are in favour of the cession?


Sir, in reply to the hon. Member, I do not think I can add anything to the answer given on Friday by the First Lord of the Treasury to the hon. Member for Newcastle (Mr. J. Cowen). Her Majesty's Government are engaged in negotiations with foreign Powers to further the fulfilment of the conditions of the Treaty of Berlin. While these negotiations continue it is not desirable to publish specific declarations. But it is the de- sire of Her Majesty's Government to carry out the spirit of that Treaty with the least amount of interference with the wishes of the inhabitants of the districts which may thereby be affected.