HC Deb 24 October 1912 vol 42 c2344

asked the right hon. Gentleman whether, under the terms of the Treaty of Ouchy, the Ægean Islands recently occupied by Italy are to be restored to Turkey; and, if so, whether he will use his influence in order to secure to those islands the right of self-government and to protect the inhabitants from the vengeance and reprisals with which they are reported to have been threatened?


I have not yet got the full official text of the Treaty, but I understand that the islands in question are to be in due course restored by Italy to Turkey, subject to certain guarantees as to their status, in which all the Powers are equally interested. There is no reason, so far as I am aware, to believe that the inhabitants of the islands are threatened with vengeance and reprisals.