Allies Considering Armenian Massacres

London, March 4-Replying to a question in the house of commons today regarding the massacres of Armenians, Premier Lloyd-George said this had been the subject of a very anxious consideration at the allied conference and the conference had reached a decision which had been communicated to their representatives at Constantinople. It would not be advisable, added the premier, to make public at the moment the character of that decision. What would be done regarding it would depend upon the advice to be received from the Turkish capital. ‘We are awaiting that advice now,’ continued the premier, ‘but I can assure the house that we are fully alive to the gravity of the position and to the need of taking very strong measures to protect minorities as far as can be done in a country of this kind. I hope to be able to make a statement in a very short time, but we are at the present moment awaiting the views of the representatives of all the allies at Constantinople upon the suggestion which we put forward.’ Mr. Lloyd-George was asked on what date America had definitely refused to accept a mandate for Constantinople and whether America had been consulted concerning the Turkish peace terms. The premier replied that the United States did not definitely refused to accept the mandate but had withdrawn from the discussions. The peace terms with Turkey are still under discussion, he added, and the American government has declined an invitation to be present at the conference.”

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