Near East (Alleged Massacres).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 14th June 1922.

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Mr. O'CONNOR:

(by Private Notice)

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to a telegram from the Patriarch of Constantinople, dated 10th June, announcing that two massacres of Christian women and children have taken place at the Pontus; that a fortnight ago 1,300 women and children from Samsoun were forcibly removed to the interior and were all massacred near Kayak; and whether he has any confirmation of these massacres from the British authorities on the spot?

I understand my hon. Friend did not receive notice of this question in time, though I sent it very early—

Mr. HARMSWORTH:

indicated assent.

Mr. O'CONNOR:

Therefore I will repeat it to-morrow.