HC Deb 10 February 1898 vol 53 cc244-5

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Foreign Office is in possession of any information respecting the present condition of affairs at Candia; whether a large numer of Christians on the brink of starvation have left for Greece during the last few days; and, whether the distress of the Mahomedan refugees is also very great; and what steps are being taken by the Powers to remedy the present state of things.


Our latest information has been that there has been some fighting between Moslems and Christians; that, on the 23rd January, a demonstration was made in favour of some Moslem prisoners; but that on the 24th January quiet was restored. We have not heard of the emigration mentioned in the second paragraph, but it is unhappily true that there is much distress among the Mussulman refugees at Candia. The French Government and Her Majesty's Government have each placed £400 at the disposal of their Admirals in Crete for the relief of cases of grave distress.