HC Deb 24 February 1898 vol 53 cc1517-8

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is able to give any information with reference to the outrages stated to have been committed in the vilayet of Kossovo, and enumerated in the memorandum presented by M. Marcoff, the Bulgarian Agent, to the Porte on the 31st January; and whether a representative of the British Embassy at Constantinople will be instructed to proceed to the spot as soon as possible in order to investigate the matter, either alone or in conjunction with the representatives of other Embassies?


A member of Her Majesty's Embassy at Constantinople has been at Uskub for the last 10 days, and it appears from his telegraphic reports that there is primâ facie considerable foundation for the statements made in the memorandum presented by M. Marcoff to the Porte. A Commission of Inquiry has been sent by the Sultan to Northern Macedonia, with large powers to investigate the charges of violence which have been brought against the Turkish authorities, and its proceedings will be duly reported upon to Her Majesty's Government.