MR. BRYNMOR JONES (Swansea District)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs will he state when and where the Christian leaders of Crete agreed to the recent extension of 1187 the cordon outside Candia which originated with and was acquiesced in by Sir Herbert Chermside; whether the Christian leaders sent a formal protest to the Consuls and Admirals against such advance, and especially against the occupation of Juktaki, a spur of Mount Juktas; and whether Juktaki dominates Kani Kasteli?
The meeting at which the arrangements for the extension of the cordon were explained fully and in detail to the Christian chiefs took place at Archanes on April 21st. There were present on the one side Sir Herbert Chermside, Sir Alfred Biliotti, and the senior British naval officer, Captain Marrack; on the other side the Christian chiefs of Temenos, Malevizi, and Pediada. Sir Herbert Chermside left with them a Greek map of the proposed arrangements. Nineteen days later the chiefs protested against the planting of Turkish troops. I have seen a copy of the protest, but I cannot find in it any reference to the occupation of Juktaki. In a dispatch dated May 26th Sir Herbert Chermside reported that the heights of Juktaki have not been occupied by Turkish troops; and that the nearest posts to Juktaki is a British one at Zagaraki, between it and Kani Kasteli.