HC Deb 16 March 1880 vol 251 cc1094-5

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether it be true an International Commission is about to be instituted, or is under consideration, with the view of bringing about a rectification of frontiers between Turkey and Greece, in conformity with the recom- mendations made in the 13th Protocol of the Berlin Congress; if this be true, then, whether he will state the proposed constitution and jurisdiction of this Commission; whether it is intended to be limited to nominees of each of the six States enumerated in the 24th Article of the Berlin Treaty as being authorised to mediate in the event of the Porte and Greece being unable to come by themselves to an understanding in reference to the rectification in question; whether it is to be a condition for the appointment of the Commission that its decisions are to be determined, in the event of a difference of opinion, by a majority of votes, and when pronounced are to be binding on both the Porte and Greece; and, whether the Porte has acquiesced in the appointment of the Commission, or whether it has made reservations in reference to its powers; and, if so, what reservations?


Sir, the proposals made by Her Majesty's Government were indicated in general terms by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the commencement of the Session. The consent of all the Powers has not yet been given, and the matter is still under discussion. It is not, therefore, at present possible to give any answer with respect to details.