HC Deb 20 April 1893 vol 11 c764
MR. GRIFFITH - BOSCAWEN (Kent, Toubridge)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the Governor of Jerusalem has refused permission to Archbishop Khrimian, Catholicos Elect of the National Church of Armenia, to leave St. James's Monastery in that city for the port of Jaffa; whether his detention constitutes a violation of the 62nd Article of the Treaty of Berlin; and whether, in view of the earnest desire of the Armenians that the Archbishop may be enthroned at Etchmiadzin without delay, Her Majesty's Government will, either alone or in concert with such of the signatory Powers as are disposed to require the fulfilment of the obligations imposed upon the Porte by the Treaty, address an effective remonstrance to the Grand Vizier upon the subject?


I am informed that Archbishop Khrimian, the Catholicos Elect, is detained at Jerusalem pending an arrangement as to his assumption of Russian nationality to which the Sublime Porte objects. The matter docs not appear to come under the 62nd Article of the Treaty of Berlin, which applies to religious bodies within the Ottoman Empire. Her Majesty's Government do not propose to take the initiative in addressing remonstrances to the Porte in this matter.