§ MR. J. C. FLYNN (Cork, N.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether his attention has been called to the statements of Baron de Vislar, Military Attaché of the French Embassy at Constantinople, as reported in the Daily News of 17th instant, to the effect that, having visited Marash, Diarbekir, Zeitoun, and other places, his description of the horrors witnessed and of the evidence of the outrages is ghastly, and, further, that he succeeded in rescuing 120 Armenian girls; and whether the Foreign Office has any information in its possession in respect to these occurrences; and, if so, will he lay it before this House?
I have seen the statements in question, but we have no independent information in regard to them. If the hon. Member will refer to Blue-book Turkey, No. 2, 1896, he will find that reports relating to occurrences at Marash, Diarbekir and Zeitoun are included therein; but, so far as Her Majesty's Government are aware, no massacres have since occurred at those places.