§ MR. M. DAVITT (Mayo, S.)
On behalf of the hon. Member for East Mayo I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will explain why, in Turkey No. 12, 1897, referring to the affairs of Crete, no Papers are given between the 1st July and the 3rd September?
The reason is that the Blue Book in question was confined to the discussions between the Powers as to the appointment of a governor for Crete, and that between July and September, 1897, those discussions were temporarily suspended while the Peace negotiations were proceeding. The Blue Book did not affect to continue the history of what has been passing in Crete itself, which will be continued in the further Papers about to be laid.
§ MR. DAVITT
On behalf of the hon. Member for East Mayo, I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when further Papers on the affairs of Crete will be laid upon the Table?
§ SIR ELLIS ASHMEAD-BARTLETT
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the 1500 Turkish Government have proposed as Governor General of Crete Karatheodori Pasha, who is a Greek Christian and an official of high character?
§ MR. J. C. FLYNN (Cork, N.)
Is it not the fact that the appointment of this official would be viewed with the greatest possible aversion by the Cretan population?
I am afraid I cannot answer the latter Question, because I have not knowledge of the matter. On the 24th instant the Turkish Ambassador communicated a telegram from his Government In which a proposal was made that Karatheodori Pasha should be appointed Governor General of Crete.