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Turkey And Greece

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 20 June 1922

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asked the Prime Minister what is the attitude of His Majesty's Government towards the action of the Greek Government in sending warships into the Black Sea to bombard the Turkish coast towns; and whether any communications have been sent by or to the Greek Government on this subject?

His Majesty's Government, while considering that the bombardment of Samsun may be technically justifiable, deeply regret the incident as likely to impair the chances of peace, and are taking steps to ensure that the Greek Government are informed of their view, in the hope that such bombardments may not be repeated.

While thanking the hon. Gentleman for that very satisfactory answer, may I ask if it would not be possible to exercise some control over these Greek warships going through the Straits and into the Bosphorus?

I should prefer not to add anything to the answer I have given to the hon. and gallant Gentleman.