HC Deb 26 July 1897 vol 51 cc1089-90
MR. B. WALLACE (Edinburgh, E.)

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he could state whether Djevad Pasha had gone, by order of the Sultan, to Crete, with stores and ammunition; whether any order Djevad Pasha might issue or action he might take in Crete, in terms of Lord Salisbury's Dispatch of April 24 last, were subject to the control of the Admirals of the Concert of Europe; whether 32, or what number of, battalions of Turkish troops were to be dispatched from Kavala or elsewhere in Turkey to Crete; whether the British Admiral had power or instructions, or would be instructed, to prevent the landing of such forces; and whether the Djevad Pasha in question was the official of that name who became conspicuous in certain Turkish military operations during the massacres in Armenia?


asked whether Djevad Pasha's appointment was made with the concurrence of the Powers, and was in conformity with the promised reforms of last August and the projected autonomy already published to the Cretan people?


The appointment of Djevad Pasha has, of course, nothing to do with the promised reforms of August last, nor is it inconsistent with the projected autonomy to be given to the Cretan people. Djevad Pasha has been sent by the Sultan to Crete to replace the previous military commander of the Turkish forces at present in the island, and he landed there and assumed his functions on Saturday. We hive not heard that he has taken any stores or ammunition with him. He may be expected to co-operate, as his predecessor did, in measures framed by the Admirals for the conduct of affairs in the island. Her Majesty's Government have received no confirmation of the rumours regarding the dispatch of several Turkish battalions to Crete, and they had previously informed the Porte that any such step would be inadmissible. [Cheers.] I have no recollection of the name of Djevad Pasha as having had any military connection with the Armenian massacres. This Djevad Pasha who lets been sent to Crete is an ex-Grand Vizier and an ex-Governor General of the island of Crete, where he left a good reputation. ["Hear, hear!"] from Sir E. ASHMEAD-BARTLETT.]