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TURKEY.

Advices from Constantinople to the 12th of December, received via Trieste, state that Fe-rouk-Khan transmitted Lord Stratford de Redcliffe's ultimatum to Teheran on the Bth. The ultimatum, according to these advices, demands a revision of the treaties with Persia, the evacuation of Herat, authority to found factories along the coasts of the Persian Gulf, and the concession to an English company of certain railways to be made across the Persian territory. Persia is supported by Russia in demanding neutrality from Turkey, but England demands permission for the passage of troops across Turkish territory. In a letter from Constantinople of the 19th of December, we find the following : — "The negotiations between Lord Stratford de Redcliffe and Ferouk Khan are now at an end, and on Monday, the 22nd, the Persian ambassador will leave for Paris, in spite of all the declarations in the ministerial organs at London that such a thing was impossible. It is a real state embassy, for he is accompanied by two councillors, two secretaries, two dragomans, and two scribes, all of whom, the ambassador himself exccpted, speak French with fluency. Ferouk Khan, though he does not speak French, and, in fact, has never left the East, is described by all who have come in contact with him as a very astute and far-seeing man, and one who has proved mere than a match for Lord Stratford. That the Persian embassy is now actually proceeding to France is, look at it in what way you may, a true defeat of our diplomatists in their own sense, and the Frenchmen in Constantinople loudly boast of it as of a symptom that foreshadows the full revival of the influence of France in the East, the Indian Ocean included. Already do they talk of the island of Karrak in the Persian Gulf, which is now occupied by our expeditionary troops, as belonging by right to France, in so far as it had been ceded in 17Gy by Persia to France, and has never been mentioned since in any treaty. ' How (asks the Presse d' Orient), if Persia were now to complain of France having allowed England to make this island the basis of her operations against Persia, can she not characterize it as a breach of neutrality ? ' It is only a cloud, not bigger than a hand, but it is at any rate better not to shut the eye to such cloucls, if a tempest is to be let loose that would carry them right over your head." The Borsen Zeitung of Berlin gives the following as additional points to those already known in Lord Stratford de Redcliffe's ultimatum to Persia : — " 1. The Grand Vizier Sader Azam is to be deposed, and on the return of Mr. Murray, the new ministry and a deputation from the court are to receive him, and to conduct him solemnly to his hotel ; the Grand Vizier will then pronounce verbally an apology, and withdraw the letters addressed to the English ambassador on the affair of Haschern. "2. The inhabitants of Herat are to be indemnified for their losses by the Persian occupation. "3. Persia is to come to an understanding with the Imaum of Muscat as to the cession to him of part of her coast on the Persian Gulf (Mostaganem) ; until this understanding shall have been effected, the English will occupy Bender-Akbar and Bender-Abassi." We learn from Constantinople, on the 2Cth of December, that some ships of the English squadron were on the point of sailing for the Circassian coast, in order to demand of the Russian authorities the restitution of the cargoes of those boats which were lately captured by the Russian general who took possession of the fort of Soujouk-Kaleh. The Kurds have offered to Mr. Murray, lately British Minister at Teheran, to make war upon Persia. The Porte has declared that its attitude towards the Shah will depend on the course pursued by Russia. A letter from Constantinople, in the Courrier of Marseilles, says : — "Although England has declared war against Persia, Lord Stratford de Redcliffe went on the 21st of December to pay a visit to Ferouk Khan. This step on the . part of the British ambassador has caused great astonishment, for it is known that negotiations were definitively broken off."

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TURKEY., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVI, Issue 7, 22 April 1857

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TURKEY. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVI, Issue 7, 22 April 1857

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