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Smyrna (Atrocities Commission)

Volume 154: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the reports now being received of atrocities committed by Greeks upon Turks in Pontus and Ionia, the Government will now publish the Report of the inter-Allied Commission on Greek atrocities committed on the occasion of the landing of the Hellenes at Smyrna?

The question of the publication of this Report was fully considered and discussed by the Allied Governments at the time, when it was decided, for the reasons fully explained by the Prime Minister in this House on 22nd March, 1920, that publication was inadvisable.

Is not the implication from non-publication obvious, and has the hon. Gentleman seen the recent reports by Lady Kitty Vincent and letter of Mr. Arnold Toynbee as to the atrocities recently committed to which reference is made in the question?

No, Sir; the answer is in the negative to both questions of the hon. Baronet.