HC Deb 15 March 1883 vol 277 cc549-50

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the attention of Her Majesty's Government has been called to the disorders prevailing in Upper Macedonia, and to the dangers likely to result to the peace of the Balkan Peninsula from those disorders; whether there was formerly a British Consul stationed at Prizrend, in that district; and, whether, considering the state of the country, and the desirability of having authentic information regarding it, Her Majesty's Government will consider the propriety of again sending a Consul or Consular Agent to Prizrend?


I regret to say that the Reports which reach Her Majesty's Government as to the state of Upper Macedonia are not satisfactory. A British Consular Officer was stationed at Prizrend from August, 1879, to July, 1880; but, owing to the danger arising from the lawlessness of the population, it was thought necessary to withdraw him. Her Majesty's Government do not consider it advisable at the present time to send another Consular Officer to Prizrend.