HC Deb 01 July 1920 vol 131 cc697-8W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, having regard to the fact that the officer in charge of the Glasgow committee's relief mission to Montenegro travelled with a passport stating that he was travelling to Montenegro viâ France, Switzerland, and Italy, which passport, endorsed with the date 13th April, 1920, was viséd for France, Switzerland, and Italy, and at the Serbian Legation in London, and also by the Serbian Consul at Trieste, in what respects the passport arrangements of the mission were not in order; whether he is aware that it was not until the mission reached Antivari that any exception was taken to the validity of the passports, when the officer in charge was informed by the sub-prefect that he could only enter Montenegro viâ Belgrade, where the passports would have to be again viséd by the Serbian Government; whether he realises that compliance with such an order would make the administration of the relief impracticable; and if he will say what steps the Government proposes to take for dealing with this obstruction on the part of the Serbian authorities, designed to prevent British relief from reaching the starving population of Montenegro?


As far as I understand, the passports in question were perfectly in order so far as Trieste. On arrival at that port, the visa of the Serb-Croate-Slovene Consulate appears to have been cancelled, and the holder of the passport advised to apply to Belgrade. The passports were therefore not in order on the arrival of the mission at Antivari, nor does the gentleman in charge of the mission appear to have followed the advice of the Serb-Croate-Slovene Consul at Trieste. The answer to the third part of the question is in the negative. As regards the last part, I have nothing to add to the reply returned on the 28th June, 1920.

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