HC Deb 13 December 1900 vol 88 c689

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the reports of the British Consuls or Vice-Consuls, or other agents in the districts of Turkish Armenia during the past year, or such portions of them as relate to massacres, expropriations, or other outrages upon the Armenian population, can be presented to Parliament.


With the exception of the reports of a massacre at Spaghank, which were, on inquiry, found to be exaggerated, there have been no reports lately of serious outrages upon the Armenians. The more recent despatches from Consular officers indicate some improvement in the administration of the country, at any rate in the Vilayets of Trebizond and Van. It is not considered desirable in the interests of the Armenians themselves to publish the reports.