MR. HERBERT ROBERTS (Denbighshire, W.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 930 whether the demands made by the Powers to the Porte for the pacification of Crete included the withdrawal of the Turkish troops recently imported into the island; and, whether he has any further information to give the House as to the attitude of the Cretan Revolutionary Committee towards the proposals of the Powers, and as to the position of affairs in the island?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. GEORGE CURZON,) Lancashire, Southport
The withdrawal of Turkish troops was not one of the four points demanded by the Powers. In consequence, however, of the representations made by the latter at Constantinople, orders have been sent to the military authorities in Crete to suspend all military operations unless attacked. Her Majesty's Consul at Canea has reported that the action taken by his colleagues and himself has had a favourable effect. At a meeting held on the 3rd instant, the insurgents authorised the deputies to attend the Assembly; and it is believed that a general opinion was expressed that attention should be paid to the wishes of the Powers.