HC Deb 17 June 1936 vol 313 cc967-8

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the present position with regard to the settlement of the Assyrians in Syria and the numbers which have been transferred, respectively, to the Ghab area and the Khabur area?


The position remains substantially as described in reply to o, question by the hon. and gallant Member for Nuneaton (Lieut.-Commander Fletcher) on 15th May. I understand, however, that the transfer is now proceeding of the additional quota of 2,500 Assyrians whose removal from Iraq to the temporary settlement on the Upper Khabur River was approved last month by the Committee of the League Council which is responsible for the settlement of the Assyrians. There has been no change in the position in regard to the transfer of Assyrians to the Ghab area. The Committee of the League Council has been convoked for 23rd June at Geneva, and it will doubtless submit a report on its work to the Council at a very early date.


Is it not a fact that there have been unexpected difficulties during the last few months which will considerably delay the carrying out of the scheme?


I hope there will not be a delay but this matter is in the hands of the League Committee.