HC Deb 27 July 1896 vol 43 cc701-2

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give the House any information concerning the unfortunate invasion of Apokorona by the Turkish troops and the fighting consequent upon this breach of the truce previously agreed upon; was this expedition undertaken with the sanction of Abdullah Pasha; and what representations, if any, have been made to the Porte by the Powers?


No detailed information with regard to the fighting in the neighbourhood of Kalyves has been received since the reply given to the hon. Member's Question on the 16th instant. Her Majesty's Consul in Crete has reported by telegraph that hostilities continued on the 16th and 17th, and that he had obtained private information that 50 Turkish soldiers had been killed or wounded and that the troops had returned to Kalyves. There was no information as to the losses of the Christians. In the present state of our information it is impossible to say whether the expedition was undertaken with the sanction of Abdullah Pasha, or whether the facts are such as to justify a representation to the Porte.