HC Deb 22 July 1890 vol 347 c507
MR. BRYCE (Aberdeen, S.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the attention of the Foreign Office has been called to a letter which appeared in the Times of Saturday last, describing in detail the deplorable condition of anarchy which prevails in North-Western Macedonia, the frequent acts of robbery and murder perpetrated on the Christian population there by Albanians and other Mussulman tribes, and the virtual connivance of the Turkish Authorities in these outrages; whether he can now give the House any information as to the massacre of Christian refugees near Kossovo, regarding which he was questioned three weeks ago, and an account of which appeared a month ago in a semi-official journal at Vienna as well as in other German newspapers; and whether Her Majesty's Government intend to take any steps to inform themselves regarding the condition of this part of European Turkey, where elements of disorder exist which seriously threaten the peace of the East?


The Reports from Her Majesty's Consular Officers tend to show that there is considerable agitation and insecurity to life on the Turco-Servian frontier, and in North Albania. Troops have been sent to the disturbed districts to restore order. With regard to the alleged massacre of Christians at Kossovo, the Porte knows nothing of it, but promises to make inquiries. The truth seems difficult to arrive at. The Vice Consul at Scutari has been requested to make further inquiries.

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