HL Deb 05 May 1913 vol 14 c410

My Lords, before the House adjourns I should like to ask the noble Viscount the President of the Council whether the Government are in a position to tell the House anything with regard to the position of Montenegro, and especially as to the reported decision of the Montenegrin Government to withdraw their troops from Skutari.


Yes, my Lords; the Government are in possession of information to that effect. The Montenegrins are prepared, and have announced that they are prepared, to place Skutari in the hands of the Great Powers. I am sure the House will feel great relief at hearing that piece of news, for it removes what has been for the last five or six days a cardinal and very dangerous difficulty. It has relieved Europe from that difficulty, and I think the House will agree that it has been wisely taken in the interests of the Montenegrins themselves, as well as of the other Balkan Powers, and certainly of the peace of Europe.