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Asia Minor (Massacres)

Volume 119: debated on Monday 4 August 1919

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asked the Secretary of State for War if Reports have been sent to the War Office of the massacres of natives in the districts of Smyrna, Aidin, and Pergamos, by or owing to the presence of Greek troops; and what steps it is proposed to take in the interests of the British Empire to put an end to these massacres?

With regard to the first part of my hon. and gallant Friend's question, I have nothing to add to the answers given on this subject on the 24th July last by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary for the Foreign Office. As regards the last part, it is hoped that the appointment of the Special Commission of Inquiry mentioned by my hon. Friend, and the steps now being taken to bring all troops in Western Asia Minor to recognise the authority of General Milne, will effectualy check any further recurrence of the disorders.