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and a month's delay has been afforded, during which it will address itself to the task of considering what the proper provisions are by which it can satisfy the requirements of the Treaty of Berlin on which the recognition of Boumania depends. At such a moment it would clearly, I think, be improper for me either to indicate any opinion as to the precise nature of the solution to be obtained—because that would be to bar all useful prospect from conferences and negotiations among the various Powers that are concerned in the matter— or to indicate what the results would be if no agreement should be arrived at. And there is another consideration to which we aie personally bound to attach the very greatest importance, that throughout this matter we have up to the present time acted in the most cordial harmony with the Gfovernments of Germany and France on this question, and, I may add, with the_ Government of Italy; and naturally I should not be entitled to say anything, as Her Majesty's Government is rather acting as one of an alliance than by itself, to compromise our partners as well as ourselves. I think, therefore, I will only say that I do not think that Baron de Worms has in the least degree exaggerated the evils of the state of things which L ^as hitherto existed in Boumania. These evils attracted the
attention of the Powers at Berlin, and they adopted the somewhat unusual if not unprecedented course of making their recognition of a great political change dependent upon certain modifications of the internal laws of the country. It was a great homage to the principles which all the civilised nations of Europe now recognise, and it was a very solemn international act from which I do not think the Powers will recede. With lespect to Boumania, I am also bound to agree with Baron de Worms that she is a State that owes her existence to the acts of friendliness and goodwill of other Powers. This last â– stage in her independence, perhaps the smallest stage, is due, 4 of" course, in the first instance, to the action of Russia. But
the fact that she came under the guardianship of the Powers of Europe as a whole, and that her practical internal independence was secured to her by a diplomatic act, was, as Baron de "Worms says, the result of the blood which England and France and Italy shed in the Crimea. We have, therefore, a great claim upon recognition by the inhabitants of Boumania of the efforts which the Western Powers have made, and I do not think that the expression of an opinion, and of a very strong opinion, on our part can be looked upon as any undue or unbecoming interference with the internal affairs of any people, for we have bought the right to say that which we have said.
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