HC Deb 16 March 1885 vol 295 cc1230-1

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If the statement contained in the Central News telegram from Berlin, published in The Globe newspaper on Wednesday, March 11th, relating to proposed cessions to Germany at the Cameroons and Victoria, is correct; and, if the result of such cessions will not involve the relinquishment of the British claim to the Cameroons Mountain, and the environment of the Settlement of Victoria by German territory; and, whether the town of Bota is also to be ceded to Germany, this town being part of the district belonging to the Baptist Missionary Society, purchased from King William, of Bimbia, forty years ago by the said Society?


Negotiations for a friendly understanding between England and Germany as to their respective Protectorates in the Niger and Cameroons Districts are pending, but not concluded. Whatever may be the result, proved rights of private persons will be respected. But this is only one portion of the general scheme, by which it is hoped that all the questions which have been under discussion between the two Governments as to West and East Africa and the South Pacific may be settled by mutual concessions. The details will be laid before Parliament as soon as the negotiations are sufficiently advanced.