Greece and Constantinople.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Near Eastern Question. – in the House of Commons on 31st July 1922.

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Photo of Mr T.P. O'Connor Mr T.P. O'Connor , Liverpool Scotland

(by Private Notice): I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether the Memoranda recently presented by the Greek Government to the Allied Powers did not expressly declare that no advance on Constantinople would be made without the assent of these Powers; whether the basis of the Memorandum was the continuance of the massacres on tens of thousands of Greek and other Christians in Anatolia and elsewhere, leading to their complete annihilation ultimately, and that these massacres were encouraged by the conditions of the occupation of Constantinople by the Turks, and by the inaction of the Powers; whether the Turkish authorities have not steadily impeded every attempt of the British Government to have an impartial investigation as to these atrocities?

I beg further to ask whether, in view of the conclusion of separate agreements by some of the Allied Powers with the Turkish authorities at Constantinople and Angora and the supply of all the munitions of war to the Kemalists by these Powers and by the Soviet Government of Russia, the British Government will not see its way—by calling a Convention of all the Powers interested in the Near East—to bring to an end the present war between Greece and Turkey and to create adequate securities to the Christians against massacre?