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Turkey—Montenegro—Question

Volume 229: debated on Friday 5 May 1876

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asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether it is true as reported in the newspapers, that the English Ambassador at Constantinople has tendered advice to the Sublime Porte not to occupy the territory of Montenegro; and, if so, whether that advice was given in consequence of instructions received from Her Majesty's Government?

In reply to my hon. Friend I would inform him that Her Majesty's Ambassador at Constantinople has not been called upon to tender any advice to the Sublime Porte as to the invasion of the territory of Montenegro. There was unquestionably a rumour very rife at Constantinople that such an invasion was contemplated, but the Porte officially denied that intention, and so it was quite unnecessary for Her Majesty's Ambassador to offer any opinion upon the subject.