HC Deb 21 June 1880 vol 253 cc425-6

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any arrangements have been made, under the provisions of Articles IX. XXXIII. and XLII. of the Treaty of Berlin, for the proportionate parts of the Ottoman Debt to be assumed by the Principalities of Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Servia; and, whether, in view of the annexation of Ottoman territory to Greece, the Conference now sitting at Berlin will take into consideration the assumption of any part of the Ottoman Debt by the Kingdom of Greece?


Sir, the arrangements contemplated in Articles IX., XXXIIL, and XLII. of the Treaty of Berlin, have not yet been made. In the case of Bulgaria the amount of the tribute is to be fixed at the close of the first year of the working of the new Administration. This period will expire next month. In the case of Montenegro the Frontiers have not yet been settled. With regard to Servia nothing has been done. With regard to Greece, the duties of the Conference are restricted to the consideration] of the Frontier question. The question to which the hon. Member calls attention would be a matter for subsequent arrangement in the preparation of any Treaty or other public act for carrying out the results of the Conference.