HC Deb 13 May 1925 vol 183 cc1825-6

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information about. the reported oppression of the Ukranians by the Polish Government in provinces inhabited by a big Ukranian majority; whether it has been brought to his notice that Ukranian schools are being closed, the Ukranian language is being driven out from schools and Government offices, Ukranian organisations are being suppressed, and newspapers confiscated; and whether His Majesty's Government will take action in the matter under the minority clauses of the Treaty of Versailles or through the League of Nations?


I have from time to time received reports about the treatment of Ukranian minorities in Poland, but my most recent information comes from exclusively Ukranian sources. The Ukranian inhabitants of Poland have no doubt in the past had genuine grievances; but these have not appeared to be such as could be effectively redressed by any intervention of the League of Nations under the terms of the Treaty between the Allied and Associated Powers and Poland of the 28th June, 1919. I am confident that the Polish Government intend to observe the stipulations of that Treaty, and that, should action unhappily be called for, the Council of the League, under whose guarantee its execution is placed, will not be unmindful of its obligations. But no good purpose would be served by inviting its intervention at present

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