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1903, Feb
 
Russian-Austrian program of reform for Macedonia. The region had for years been the prey of rival Bulgarian, Serbian, and Greek bands and had broken out in insurrection in 1902. Mild reforms introduced by the sultan (Nov. 1902) had failed to pacify the region. The Russian-Austrian program called for a gendarmerie composed of Muslims and Christians according to population, appointment of foreign officers, and reorganization of the financial system. It was accepted by the other powers.  1
 
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The Mürzsteg program of reform for Macedonia, worked out by Russia and Austria and approved by the powers. This program was to replace the Feb. program, which had proved inadequate. Austrian and Russian inspectors were to be attached to the inspector general, and a foreign general was to command the gendarmerie. Further administrative and judicial reforms were provided for.  2
 
Nov
 
Anglo-Russian conversations looking toward an understanding. These broke down because of Russia's unwillingness to agree to a partition of Persia into spheres of influence.  3
 
 
 
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