HC Deb 29 February 1904 vol 130 cc1232-3

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Turkish Government has insisted that General Giorgis, who has been selected for the command of the gendarmerie in Macedonia, shall be subject to the control of Mustapha Pasha, who has been placed as a Turkish officer over that corps or of such other Turkish officer as may be appointed by the Sultan to that post; whether the European Powers, with whom the scheme for the gendarmerie is being arranged, have refused to agree to this demand, and in particular what has been the attitude of His Majesty's Government towards it; and what is the present position of the gendarmerie scheme.


We have received no information that any such demand has been made by the Turkish Government. General de Giorgis and the Committee of Staff Officers of the six Powers have, we understand, drawn up a statement of the conditions which they think necessary for the successful reorganisation of the gendarmerie. It is hoped that its immediate presentation to and acceptance by the Porte will enable the officers to proceed to their posts without further delay.


Do I understand that General de Giorgis will be in supreme command of the gendarmerie and that no Turkish officer will be placed over him?


I must ask for notice of that Question.