Syrians.

Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties. – in the House of Commons on 2nd March 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Sir Arthur Holbrook Colonel Sir Arthur Holbrook , Basingstoke

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asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that Syrians were enrolled in the French army in the late War, and as such were under French protection; what was the political status of Syrians during the War; and whether it is now proposed to expropriate their private movable property in this country as Turkish subjects?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

I am not aware of the extent to which Syrians may have been enrolled in the French army. As Turkish subjects, their status during the War was that of enemies. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative. Under the provisions of the Treaty of Sèvres the property of persons who show that they will acquire Syrian nationality under the nationality clauses of the Treaty of Sèvres is being released to them.