MR. BRYNMOR JONES
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, about the 12th May, the Turkish commander at Candia occupied three positions in advance of those previously held by the Turks on the Christian border; whether one of these positions directly menaces the village of Kani Kasteli, the defence of which has been one of the principal objects of the Cretan insurgents; and whether Sir H. Chermside knew of and acquiesced in these movements of Turkish troops?
An extension of the cordon outside Candia has recently taken place by common agreement between Sir Herbert Chermside, the Turkish authorities, and the Christian leaders, with the sanction of the admirals. Under this agreement the whole of the Turkish irregulars who had been the cause of the friction on the cordon were withdrawn within the town, and five new outposts were occupied, three by British and two by Turkish regular troops. Neither of the latter dominate the village of Kani Kasteli. Indeed, there is a distance of nearly two miles between the extreme Turkish position and the nearest Christian village. Not only did Sir Herbert Chermside know of and acquiesce in these movements, but they originated with him, and he further explained them in the presence of Her Majesty's Consul and the British naval commander to the Christian chiefs at Archanes, by whom they were accepted. There was subsequently some misrepresentation of what had occurred, but according to the latest report, dated May 27th, this has been removed, and the Christians round Candia are perfectly satisfied with the new arrangement and do not wish it altered.
MR. BRYNMOR JONES
Can the right honourable Gentleman inform the House what instructions were given to Sir Herbert Chermside?