HC Deb 13 June 1881 vol 262 c336

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, What course Her Majesty's Government propose to take to obtain the introduction into the European Provinces of Turkey of the reforms contemplated by the 23rd Clause of the Treaty of Berlin; whether Lord Dufferin has received any instructions with this object; and, whether such instructions and any other correspondence on the subject can be laid upon the Table?


Sir, I informed my hon. Friend on the 1st of March that Her Majesty's Government had proposed in September last that the Representatives of the Powers at Constantinople should be authorized to discuss the means of prevailing upon the Porte to put into force the new statute elaborated under the 23rd Article of the Treaty of Berlin, and that instructions to that effect had been sent to the Ambassadors of France, Russia, and Italy. The time of the Representatives has since that date been fully occupied with the Greek Frontier negotiations; but now that a Convention has been signed, it may be hoped that they will be able to turn their attention to the questions arising out of the 23rd Article. Lord Dufferin is fully acquainted with the views of Her Majesty's Government on this and other points connected with the Treaty of Berlin.